SOPHIE'S BEAU is generally regarded as a sprinter but made all under today's rider over 7f at Leicester and is likely to take some catching in this very moderate company so gets the nod to follow up. For Shia And Lula has really found his form in the past few weeks and a penalty for last week's victory at Lingfield shouldn't prevent another big effort. The Blue Banana is still 10lb higher than his latest victory and Al Furat needs further. Thrust Control is the only one of these to have won over the track but he hasn't scored since the spring of last year.
For Shia And Lula (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to lead inside final furlong, all out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol beating Darnathean (9-3) by 1l, 13 ran.
The Blue Banana (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Always behind, 5th of 9, 7l behind World Record (9-8) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Sutton Sid 7-2 (10-0) Dwelt, in touch towards rear, ridden over 3f out, kept on to go 4th 2f out, never a factor, 4th of 7, 11l behind Nifty Kier (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Nelson's Bay 12-1 (9-10) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 15, 21l behind Diletta Tommasa (9-7) at Redcar 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Sophie's Beau (USA) 12-1 (10-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf beating High On The Hog (10-7) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Chosen Forever 25-1 (9-4) Soon pushed along chasing leaders, pushed along and weakened halfway, soon behind, last of 9, 27l behind Putin (8-13) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jun.
Al Furat (USA) 66-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 9l behind Le Deluge (9-0) at Redcar 1m 2f claim (6) gd.
Thrust Control (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Raced wide early, in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 10l behind Logans Lad (9-0) at Catterick 6f sell stks (6) gf.
Jewelled Dagger (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, prominent, led 11f out, ridden and headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 11th of 12, 32l behind Frosty Berry (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Sky Crossing 50-1 (8-8) Behind, outpaced over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 12, 22l behind Hot Right Now (8-11) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jan.
Magical Mischief 66-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, outpaced over 4f out, soon hung right, never dangerous, 15th of 16, 24l behind Kimbali (9-1) at Beverley 7f sell stks (6) gf.
Acton Gold 20-1 (8-7) Steadied start, held up in rear, headway on outside 2f out, ridden over 1f out, edged left and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Sixties Queen (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Echologic 50-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, remiders after 2f, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Alketios (9-2) at Haydock 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Gifted Heir (IRE) 100-1 (10-4) Started very slowly, well in rear, never on terms, 10th of 12, 17l behind Sophie's Beau (10-9) at Leicester 7f am hcp 0-60 (6) gf.