A trappy opener but KRAKA GYM gets the verdict. Graham Gibbons is riding at the top of his game at present and, though connections will have been disappointed to get a 2lb rise for a recent placed effort at Kempton, the gelding should be capable of finding the necessary improvement. Another Royal and Baltic Fire have both had their chances, though the former ran with a degree of encouragement on her reappearance at Beverley. Julie Burke is aboard Marlismamma for David O'Meara and she was in the saddle on the filly's only previous success at Ayr. Sooqaan, Minionette and Shamouti are all making their first foray into handicaps while Kalahari Kingdom is often well supported and Richard Fahey reaches for the cheekpieces on this occasion.
Kraka Gym (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden halfway, headway approaching final furlong, soon switched right, ran on, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Dalaki (9-5) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Kalahari Kingdom (IRE) 9-2fav (9-0) In touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 3l behind Dalaki (9-5) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Baltic Fire (IRE) 11-2 (8-8) Took keen hold tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, faded towards finish, 6th of 12, 8l behind Dalaki (9-5) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr.
Lynngale 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Mariners Moon (9-7) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Another Royal 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Le Laitier (9-5) at Redcar 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Sooqaan 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leader and raced wide early, every chance 2f out, soon ridden, 4th and one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 10l behind Rogue Wave (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (4) gd.
Minionette (IRE) 50-1 (8-13) Towards rear ridden halfway, never on terms, 6th of 9, 17l behind Perfect Blessings (8-13) at Doncaster 6f fll mdn stks (5) sft in Apr.
It's All A Game 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Apr beating Sleet (8-4) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Shamouti (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 11, 19l behind Simple Magic (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
Rockie Road (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Held up behind, outpaced over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 8, 7l behind Boogangoo (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Gee Sharp 16-1 (9-4) Raced keenly, in touch on outside, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 9th of 11, 7l behind Kraka Gym (9-1) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Her Red Devil (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Soon led, driven over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, gradually weakened final 100 yards, 8th of 15, 7l behind Cotton Club (8-13) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Apr.
Marlismamma (FR) 11-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, held up in mid-division, switched right well over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, went 3rd post, never going pace to reach leading duo, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Cahal (9-1) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Apr.
Bertha Burnett (IRE) 28-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Shirocco Passion (8-5) at Redcar 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep.