The extra furlong at Catterick last time was expected to suit MEDICOE and Sir Mark Prescott's gelding duly justified strong market support. He has a penalty to carry here but there may not be enough to prevent a follow up with Effie B finishing last on her only previous try over 7f, though she is dropped markedly in class here. Nottingham second Royal Steps has every chance if staying the extra furlong, however, and makes more appeal than either Wellingrove or Pippy.
Medicoe 4-6fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon pressed, kept on well towards finish, won at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf beating Excellent Mariner (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Effie B 20-1 (8-13) Raced stand side, mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 19, 3 1/2l behind The Gold Cheongsam (9-7) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gd.
Royal Steps (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Indignant (9-0) at Nottingham 6f 2yo stks (5) gd.
Wellingrove (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Soon led, headed well over 1f out, faded final furlong, 11th of 15, 8l behind Kerbaaj (9-3) at Sandown 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Pippy 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, not pace to challenge, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Ziggy's Secret (8-12) at Pontefract 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jul.