AMIR PASHA will be having his 99th career start and has won nine times, including over this track and trip last time for which he's been raised 8lb - this should prove within his capabilities. Pindar has produced all of his best form on fast ground and won't have his conditions though he doesn't look badly treated. Ancient Times ran three times here in the spring, winning once and finishing runner-up twice, though all over a longer trip than this. Mrs Grass showed her first sign of ability at Hexham but she was beaten 18 lengths and High Hoylander is returning from a very long break, though he's 8lb lower than when narrowly beaten in a better race here two years ago.
High Hoylander 8-1 (11-1) Behind, outpaced 3 out, stayed on into mid-division from next, never near leaders, 7th of 16, 14l behind Justazippy (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan '12.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 14-1 (11-2) In touch, went 2nd approaching 4th, led approaching 2 out, strongly challenged last, all out, held on gamely, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Broctune Papa Gio (11-9) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Queen Of Epirus 40-1 (11-3) Led until approaching 2 out, rallied before last, weakened flat, 4th of 14, 8l behind Amir Pasha (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Pindar (GER) 11-4 (10-12) With winner, led 6th, ridden and headed 3 out, rallied and every chance last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Persian Herald (11-3) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Ancient Times (USA) 20-1 (10-11) Pressed leader until ridden before 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, 47l behind Poetic Power (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.
Rosquero (FR) 150-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, ridden halfway, soon lost touch, behind when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Ivan Boru (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs, 8 ran.
Mrs Grass 100-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, reminder after 3rd, chased leaders 3 out, in 3rd before last, no impression, 3rd of 8, 18l behind Morning Time (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Kathlatino 40-1 (10-5) Behind, mistake 3 out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 31l behind Amir Pasha (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.