In a very poor apprentice handicap to close things out AL RAYANAH get the very marginal verdict in preference to Hits Only Cash and Distant Pleasure. All three of the pick's career victories have come over this trip with the latest coming at this time last year. He ran well off this mark last time out and although good performances are infrequent they usually come when she's off similar weights. If only Hits Only Cash lived up to his name but it's been a very long time since this one scored. A couple of encouraging efforts in his last two starts put him on the shortlist but he still looks in need of reassessment before getting in front again. Distant Pleasure has held her form relatively well since scoring off eight pounds lower last August and she should be in the mix again while Barodine might get in on the act having scored on his only previous visit to this track. It's not an easy end to the meeting with Al Rayanah looking best of a moderate bunch.
Croeso Cusan 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders and keen, led over 7f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 12l behind Maybe I Wont (8-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Distant Pleasure 13-2 (8-6) Held up, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 6th of 15, 9l behind Marvo (9-0) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Waldorf (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, ridden and headed just over 2f out, gradually weakened, 8th of 11, 19l behind Rotative (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol.
Hits Only Cash 7-1 (8-8) Mid-division, lost place and dropped to rear over 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind High Five Society (8-12) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in May.
Al Rayanah 12-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, led over 1f out, soon hung right, headed towards finish, 2nd of 15, nk behind Annes Rocket (8-2) at Warwick 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
The Grey One (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, weakened 2f out, 14th of 16, 23l behind Maybe I Wont (8-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Barodine 12-1 (8-4) Tracked leading pair, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 6l behind Confide In Me (8-4) at Folkestone 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Lordship (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 15, 30l behind Cape Rock (9-7) at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Empire Seeker (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Took keen hold in mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 7th of 11, 7l behind Karky Schultz (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (0-55) (6) pol.
Classic Blue (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway on inside over 2f out, not reached leaders, weakened quickly over 1f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Pab Special (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Aggbag 7-1 (8-6) Prominent for 5f, 12th of 16, 24l behind Betteras Bertie (8-7) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
My Jeanie (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Took keen hold, prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 16l behind Golden Square (8-0) at Kempton 1m hcap (6) pol in Jan '08.
Private Soldier 14-1 (8-9) Held up, headway over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 16, 11l behind Betteras Bertie (8-7) at Doncaster 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Fairly Honest 33-1 (8-5) Prominent, went second over 4f out until 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 31l behind Heroes (9-5) at Brighton 1m clm stks (6) gd in May.
Zain (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 16, 18l behind Cwm Rhondda (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (6) gd in May.
Tobago Reef 33-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 13l behind Amber Moon (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Mar.
Sorrel Point 40-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, 13l behind Oh So Saucy (9-9) at Yarmouth 7f hcap (5) gf in Jul.