A race where cases can be made for all of the participants and MR MCLAREN gets our recommendation. David O'Meara's gelding stayed on stoutly at Beverley last time out and though he isn't the most straightforward of individuals, he remains open to improvement. Zain Zone has had the misfortune of running into a progressive sort on his last two starts and the 7f specialist seems sure to run another decent race today. Desert Ranger proved he could act on Turf as well as Polytrack when scoring on a very quick surface at Yarmouth and the handicapper could easily have handed him a heftier raise under the circumstances. King Of Macedon was well backed at Ayr on his most recent start and the market should give us an idea as to whether connections believe he'll be quite so effective on quick ground. Incredible Fresh is similarly observed on his handicap debut.
Zain Zone (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 2f out, kept on final furlong, always held, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Sir Guy Porteous (9-7) at Carlisle 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Mr McLaren 9-4fav (9-6) Dwelt in touch in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Jacbequick (9-0) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Desert Ranger (IRE) 15-8fav (9-6) Steadied start, took keen hold held up tracking leaders in 4th and away from rail, headway into 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Yarmouth 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fm beating Saskia's Dream (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
King Of Macedon (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Dwelt soon tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind Escape To Glory (10-0) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Incredible Fresh (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Prominent on outside early, held up mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden and stayed in to take 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Fajry (9-5) at Thirsk 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf in Jun.
Heroique (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed entering final furlong, just held on to 2nd, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Jacbequick (9-0) at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd.
Miaplacidus (IRE) 7-2 (8-10) Awkwardly away, in rear, soon outpaced, rallied over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind In Focus (8-11) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.