This isn't a great race by York's normal standards but it could be a good opportunity for GRAND DIAMOND to get off the mark for the season. Jim Goldie's charge stays further but is in good heart and only a pound higher than when successful over a similar trip at Ayr in August and, with several front-runners in opposition here, is likely to get the fast pace he requires. Moheebb had Ours behind when a close-up third at Carlisle 11 days ago and has a good draw, but Violent Velocity was beaten off a lower mark at Musselburgh last time and Gala Casino Star also looks to be back in the handicapper's grip now. Mountrath wasn't beaten far off his new mark at Goodwood, however, and makes more appeal than Spavento who is upped in grade today.
Count Bertoni (IRE) 9-4fav (9-10) Tracked leader, ridden and kept on one pace final 2f, 4th of 8, 6l behind Hail Promenader (9-5) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Ours (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) In rear, stayed on final 2f, not reach leaders, 5th of 13, 6l behind Toto Skyllachy (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Mountain Cat (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 2f out, not much room when weakening over 1f out, 8th of 9, 14l behind Extraterrestrial (9-6) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
One Scoop Or Two 9-2 (8-13) Led, ridden 3f out, edged left and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Magic Cat (9-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Barren Brook 22-1 (8-12) Dwelt, in rear, headway 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Kensei (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Sharakti (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) With leaders, weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 43l behind Sunset Kitty (9-6) at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Moheebb (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Toto Skyllachy (9-3) at Carlisle 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gs in May.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 3-1fav (9-1) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and hung left when headway over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Frontline Girl (9-4) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs in May.
Pirate Coast 9-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on, one pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 8l behind Mont Ras (9-0) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Violent Velocity (IRE) 11-4fav (9-10) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, switched left, headway and hung right over 2f out, unable to quicken final 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Ra Junior (9-2) at Musselburgh 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Desert Vision 8-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 14l behind Kensei (8-8) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Mountrath 5-2fav (9-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Byrd In Hand (8-12) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Global 7-2 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, last of 9, 27l behind Mont Ras (9-0) at Pontefract 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, switched left towards finish, not reached leaders, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Munsarim (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Negotiation (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Destiny Blue (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf in May.
Burza 9-1 (9-12) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 20l behind Rio's Rosanna (10-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf in May.
Spavento (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Dwelt tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, rallied entering final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Ykikamoocow (9-4) at Ayr 1m fll hcp 0-70 (5) gs in May.
Brockfield 9-2fav (8-12) Led until over 2f out, soon ridden, weakening when stumbled inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 13l behind Easy Terms (8-13) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.