Yair Hill made a winning return at Thirsk for Kevin Ryan in May (7f). Not able to build on that, including for new yard since, and looks up against it.
Hadaj has been resurgent for new yard, winning sprint handicaps at Newmarket and Beverley. Boasts some strong 3-y-o form and remains unexposed for handler. One to consider.
Bop It was quickly back on track for buoyant trainer, producing career-best to score in soft-ground 6f Haydock handicap last time, hanging late but generally tanking through the race. Obvious claims.
Ashpan Sam is a reliable sort who is on a hat-trick after wins at Thirsk and Haydock. Forged clear having bagged the rail for latest success and handily drawn to adopt similar tactics again here in 3. One to note.
Rusty Rocket has won twice over 5f this season and had excuses before bouncing back with narrow defeat at Haydock last time. First go in one of these.
Farlow won a big-field 6f Doncaster handicap last season. Has caught the eye in 2 runs this year when Hanagan has been in the saddle, responding well over 7f at Newmarket latest. Interesting.
Nasharra completed a hat-trick in July but not landed a blow off revised mark last twice.
Best Trip is a strong traveller who was better than ever when winning at Catterick (7f) in May. Has remained in form since, though found little off the bridle behind Ashpan Sam at Haydock last time.
Kimberella has shown patchy form since winning 6f Doncaster maiden for Michael Bell last summer. Runner-up in weakish Newmarket class 3 last time and no banker to back that up.
Cheveton won this in 2010, the Silver Cup in 2011, and runner-up to Jack Dexter in last year's renewal of this. Has had a low-key season, though lost all chance at the start last time. Will have supporters.
Bondi Beach Boy has been a revelation this term, winning 7 handicaps, including for young rider who takes off a handy 7 lb here. Dangerous to dismiss.
Half A Billion looked better than ever when making all at Doncaster (6f) in May under one of the season's leading apprentices. Chased home rejuvenated Colonel Mak at Pontefract last time and fresher than most after break.
Personal Touch has not had much racing and some good efforts when the mud has been flying, including winning at Doncaster (7f) early in the season.
Green Howard recorded his sixth career success at Newcastle (7f) last month, given a patient ride in a well-run race. Highlighted inconsistency with lazy display at Haydock since and rare try sprinting now.
Mary's Daughter won twice at 2 yrs and also second in C&D Firth of Clyde. Hinted at a revival off reduced mark at York recently and interesting contender as part of strong challenge from yard.
Tatlisu has won 6f Leicester handicap and 7f Newbury claimer this season. Not disgraced back at former track last time and return to 6f will suit. Could be ahead of his mark.
Right Touch has won 6f handicaps at Ripon and Newcastle this season and good third to a couple of well-treated sorts at York last time. Another with claims from yard.
West Leake Hare's new yard have clearly found the key to him, scoring 3 times this summer. Better signs when third at Thirsk on Tuesday, though that race very much run to suit.
Shady McCoy is a well-bred gelding who built on promise shown for Peter Chapple-Hyam when winning at Hamilton and Thirsk in July. Second to impressive Tight Fit at Newmarket last time and very much still unexposed.
Tidal's Baby took a big leap forward to land a 20-runner 5f event at Glorious Goodwood and confirmed he's still on a competitive mark with good second at Sandown.
Lisiere was twice successful over 6f in 2012. Raced over further this year, looking to have gone off the boil at Wolverhampton last time. Change of headgear.
Mutafaakir built on some promising efforts following Catterick maiden success to score in 6f Thirsk handicap, making all and kicking for home 2f out. Probably one to take on in much warmer race.
Jinky got back on the scoreboard over 5f here in July. Below form in 3 starts since, though, and seems to have gone off the boil.
Indego Blues proved better than ever when taking 6f Thirsk handicap last time, idling and kept up to work. Bold bid expected for trainer who has thrived at this meeting.
Circuitous has won at Carlisle and here (7.2f) this season. Seemed undone by latest rise in the weights back sprinting at Hamilton last time, though, and this no easier. Engaged 3.10 here Thursday.
Algar Lad made it 2 wins from 4 starts in 5f handicap here last month, staying on to lead close home from off strong pace. More needed in this tougher contest back over 6f but that can't be ruled out.
Valmina landed hat-trick at Bath in summer 2012 but not really got going this year and this tough race in which to bounce back.
1. Bop It
2. Indego Blues
Timeform View: Bop It looks tailor-made for these always fiercely-contested handicaps and can provide David O'Meara with another feather in his cap on the back of his victory at Haydock. The thriving Indego Blues and Hadaj are dangers. Richard Fahey won this in 2009 and 2011 and has a stellar challenge, with Farlow perhaps the most interesting runner from Musley Bank.
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