Grey Command was winning from 5lb out of the handicap at Beverley last week so a 6lb penalty is not much of an imposition. He should be thereabouts again, while Downtown Boy has gone up 5lb for his recent win at Hamilton but is unexposed over middle-distances and he's another to consider. Royal Bonsai, Hathaway and Rubi Dia have all been threatening to score with improved efforts of late, but FOSSGATE gets another chance. His winning run came to end at Mussellburgh when he ran as though something was amiss, but if back to his old self here reunited with winning partner Amy Ryan, he's still the one to beat.
King's Counsel (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Bradbury (8-4) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Rosbay (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear and keen, effort over 2f out, some headway over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind Persian Peril (9-12) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Fossgate 8-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway and ridden over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Persian Peril (9-12) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Rubi Dia 5-1 (9-4) Keen in touch, headway and switched right over 1f out, soon ridden, driven to chase winner inside final furlong, edged left near finish, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Golden Future (8-12) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Agapanthus (GER) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leading pair, driven and weakened 2f out, 4th of 5, 16l behind Penang Cinta (8-8) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Cabal 22-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 8, 28l behind Fossgate (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
So Bazaar (IRE) 5-2 (9-6) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 2l behind Yorksters Prince (8-13) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gf in Jul.
Grey Command (USA) 10-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well towards finish, won at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul beating Lemon Drop Red (8-13) by 1l, 7 ran.
Come And Go (UAE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Amazing Blue Sky (9-11) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Hurlingham 10-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 11, 4l behind Persian Peril (9-12) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Hathaway (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Prominent, ridden over 2f out on outer, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Playful Girl (8-4) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jul.
Hada Men (USA) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 12, 23l behind Harvey's Hope (9-8) at Redcar 1m 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul.
Ritsi 9-1 (8-8) Dwelt, held up towards rear, pushed along over 4f out and outpaced, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Amir Pasha (9-4) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) sft in Jul.
Pinsplitter (USA) 25-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, held up, headway on outside over 9f out, chased leaders 8f out, led 6f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 10, 41l behind Shifting Gold (9-4) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul.
Quaestor (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Very slowly away, soon mid-division, outpaced 4f out, one pace and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 13l behind Amir Pasha (9-4) at Catterick 1m 4f app hcp (6) sft in Jul.
Royal Bonsai 10-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division on inner, headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Hot Rod Mamma (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jul.
Downtown Boy (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Held up in 4th, pushed along over 3f out, headway 2f out, led 1f out, edged right inside final furong, stayed on well, won at Hamilton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jul beating Hal Of A Lover (9-0) by 2l, 4 ran.