Evanescent won a maiden over C&D last month but the runner-up has let the form down since. FAYR FALL scored at Wolverhampton before going close to It's A Mans World, who runs in the previous race, over track and trip. The latter went on to win again and Tim Easterby's charge may come out best in this. Fine Altomis and Mick Slates have both been beaten off higher marks since winning last month and Star City could only manage third back in handicap company last time having got off the mark at Catterick before that. Jay Kay will need to step up on his recent victory at Southwell but Safe House is not easily dismissed.
Evanescent (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Made all, hard ridden over 2f out, hung right under pressure over 1f out, stayed on well, all out, won at Thirsk 7f mdn stks (5) gf in Jul beating Qannaas (9-3) by ns, 11 ran.
Spykes Bay (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 9l behind Oblitereight (9-7) at Kempton 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Safe House (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, keeping on one pace when short of room inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 3l behind Dance Company (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (4) pol.
Loyal Master (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) In touch, short of room and lost place over 5f out, not a factor after, 8th of 12, 10l behind Eeny Mac (8-12) at Beverley 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Fayr Fall (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) In touch and keen, headway 3f out, led approaching 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind It's A Mans World (8-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Fine Altomis 9-4fav (9-4) Pressed leader, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded, 4th of 7, 9l behind Bountiful Girl (9-4) at Carlisle 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Star City (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, challenged 2f out, soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Chookie Avon (9-12) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Mick Slates (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, pushed along towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 11l behind Florio Vincitore (9-1) at Musselburgh 7f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Regal Acclaim (IRE) 5-1 (8-1) In touch, effort over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, 7th of 8, 11l behind Daddy Warbucks (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Jay Kay 10-1 (9-0) In touch, switched right and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, driven to lead towards finish, won at Southwell 7f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs beating Choice Pearl (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Hurricane Max (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 11l behind Chookie Royale (9-10) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.