Matsunosuke won a couple of claimers and a Class 2 handicap here in 2010 but recent efforts suggest he's not the force of old and a couple of these may be too speedy for the 10-year-old nowadays. CRIMEA dropped away tamely at Chester on Saturday but it's significant that Dandy Nicholls is turning him out again quickly here as he went close previously over C&D in this much lower grade. From stall one, he may get first run on Hamilton second Falasteen, who often starts slowly. Loyal Royal and Mother Jones may be best of the rest but shouldn't be good enough at the weights.
Decider (USA) 6-1 (8-12) Led, ridden 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Autocracy (8-4) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Crimea (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Soon prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Silvanus (9-4) at Chester 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jun.
Falasteen (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) With leader, led 2f out, soon ridden and pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Frequency (9-10) at Hamilton 6f clm stks (6) gf in Jun.
Jack Smudge 16-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 10l behind Big Wave (9-13) at Nottingham 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Loyal Royal (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Took keen hold, held up in touch, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, headed post, 2nd of 10, shd behind Almaty Express (9-5) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in May.
Lucky Art (USA) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 13th of 15, 11l behind Tuibama (9-2) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun.
Matsunosuke 33-1 (9-5) Held up in last pair, pushed along halfway, never a factor, last of 7, 5l behind Cardinal (9-1) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jun.
Mother Jones 15-2 (9-1) Raced towards stand side, dwelt in touch in rear, headway and switched right over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 9, 8l behind Silvanus (9-3) at Leicester 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Speedyfix 25-1 (9-7) Soon well outpaced, struggling halfway, no chance when switched right over 1f out, 6th of 11, 11l behind Avonvalley (9-7) at Folkestone 5f hcp 0-55 (6) sft in Jun.