Strikemaster won this last year but has only had one run subsequently and is worth opposing this time. BEAT THE SHOWER is on a losing run but has won three times on a soft surface, the last two off higher marks. He was only beaten a length-and-a-half over 1m6f at Redcar last month and this looks his opportunity to get back on track, though Anne's Valentino is starting to come down the weights again and Captain Sharpe has travelled a long way for this. Winning hurdler Short Takes is lightly-raced on the Flat and could be best of the rest.
Short Takes (USA) 15-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden over 4f out, outpaced 3f out, plugged on one pace final 2f, 5th of 13, 10l behind Achalas (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in May '11.
Dan Emmett (USA) 14-1 (11-6) Raced wide in touch, lost place quickly over 5f out, 13th of 14, 45l behind Hyperlink (11-7) at Catterick 1m 4f am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Kathlatino 22-1 (9-10) Mid-division on inside, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 15, 10l behind Sergeant Pink (9-2) at Carlisle 1m 3f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Captain Sharpe 14-1 (7-11) Tracked leaders, driven over 4f out, effort on outside 3f out, kept on same pace, weakened final furlong, last of 6, 12l behind Riptide (9-2) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Beat The Shower 3-1 (9-3) In touch, headway over 4f out, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Madrasa (9-11) at Redcar 1m 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Anne's Valentino 5-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders in 5th, went 4th over 5f out, 2nd over 3f out, no chance with very easy winner, lost 2nd last half furlong, 3rd of 10, 12l behind My Destination (10-5) at Doncaster 2m am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jul.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 6-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (8-10) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Strikemaster (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) In rear, headway over 2f out, kept on same pace and no impression, 4th of 7, 8l behind Nashville (9-13) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug '13.
Joyful Motive 16-1 (8-2) Raced wide prominent, ridden 6f out, weakened 4f out, 7th of 8, 30l behind Poste Restante (8-2) at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Denison Flyer 18-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 6th of 11, 10l behind Funky Munky (9-1) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.
Jewelled Dagger (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Soon outpaced, never a factor, last of 12, 29l behind Sky Crossing (10-2) at Redcar 1m am hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Freedom Flying 50-1 (9-4) Last pair, never on terms, 9th of 10, 30l behind My Destination (10-5) at Doncaster 2m am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jul.
Vogarth 100-1 (8-0) Slowly away, outpaced, last of 8, 25l behind Shawkantango (8-9) at Southwell 5f app clm stks 0-70 (6) fbs in Jan.