Divergence won over this trip at Newcastle last month and races off the same mark as when a close second over 1m2f at Nottingham last week but her stable has been in the doldrums lately. Broughton makes his handicap debut after winning his maiden over 1m2f here earlier in the month and looks to be improving but still has to give weight to LONDON BRIDGE. Jo Hughes' colt stayed on strongly to land a competitive affair at Newbury last week and a penalty may not be enough to prevent a hat-trick as he tackles 1m4f for the first time. Catterick scorer Hawk High and Haydock second Beat The Tide add to the interest.
Broughton (GER) 17-2 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, switched left to challenge over 1f out, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Ripon 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd beating Paris Rose (8-6) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
London Bridge (USA) 7-2fav (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and no impression over 2f out, headway over 1f out, driven and ran on to lead final strides, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd beating Duroble Man (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Divergence (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden and headway on outer over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 8, nk behind Fast Pace (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) sft.
Hawk High (IRE) 5-2 (8-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to lead post, won at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in May beating Dalgig (8-11) by hd, 11 ran.
Arlecchino (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, unable to quicken over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Northern Star (9-0) at Bath 1m 2f 3yo stk 0-75 (6) gd in May.
Arthurs Secret 25-1 (9-6) Held up in touch, pushed along over 5f out, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 13, 20l behind Esteaming (9-1) at York 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Marhaba Malayeen (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 19l behind Royal Skies (9-4) at Pontefract 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Beat The Tide 7-1 (9-3) In rear, headway over 3f out, stayed on to take 2nd place inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Dolphin Village (8-12) at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.