General Moriviere - 14:20 Navan
General Moriviere shaped better than the distance beaten suggests when a 15-length fourth at Sligo last month, leaving the impression that the 18-furlong trip on rain-softened ground stretched his stamina. He had previously gone close over this trip at Wexford, doing well under the circumstances having been forced wide on the home turn, and he is worth another chance to build on that positive impression.
Blackrod - 14:30 Ayr
The progressive Blackrod has enjoyed a productive campaign, winning competitive sprint handicaps at Newmarket and York, and he can also land the Ayr Silver Cup. Blackrod took a big step forward on his reappearance effort when finishing runner-up at York, and he raised his game again to strike at the July meeting, staying on close home to get the verdict by a neck. Given Blackrod's strength at the finish and his pedigree - he is out of a winning miler - it was a surprise to see Blackrod drop back to five furlongs at the Ebor meeting. However, he overcame that drop in trip, finding plenty to get up close home and win by a neck. That was an apprentice handicap so Blackrod escapes a penalty, while this much stiffer test of stamina should bring out further improvement.
World of Windhover - 14:40 Newmarket
World of Windhover didn't make it to the track at two or three, but he has developed into a fairly useful handicapper this term and the form of his victory at Yarmouth looks strong. World of Windhover got the better of Media Guest by a neck, with the pair pulling a length and three-quarters clear of the third. Media Guest has given that form a nice boost by comfortably following up at Yarmouth, and the lightly raced World of Windhover can defy a 4 lb higher mark.
Black Hill Storm - 15:35 Catterick
Black Hill Storm produced a clear career-best effort when bolting up at Bath last week, slamming his rivals by four and a quarter lengths. Black Hill Storm travelled well at the head of affairs and had matters settled at the furlong pole. He was far too good for his rivals at Bath and a 6 lb penalty will not be enough to stop him following up if in similar form. He is 8 lb clear on Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings.
Zawara - 16:30 Gowran Park
Zawara is a progressive filly and she produced her best effort yet when a close-up fourth at Leopardstown last week. Zawara was beaten less than half a length at Leopardstown and she did well to get so close having been held up further back than the trio who beat her in a modestly-run race. The form of that Group 3 is the best on offer and the lightly-raced Zawara could yet do better, so she stands out as the one to beat here, with the drop in trip not an issue for this course-and-distance winner.
Koy Koy - 16:35 Newbury
Koy Koy sets a clear standard based on his runner-up effort at Ascot and he should prove difficult to beat. Koy Koy shaped with promise when fifth at Salisbury on his debut and he took a big step forward when runner-up at Ascot, finding only a useful prospect too strong. It was encouraging how Koy Koy pulled two and a quarter lengths clear of the third, while the good time also adds some substance to the form. He has achieved more than his rivals and can get off the mark.
Merlin's Beard - 20:30 Wolverhampton
Merlin's Beard isn't bred to be a stayer - he is by Dark Angel and is closely related to a useful 7f winner Mister Snowdon - but he evidently has plenty of stamina as he won over a mile and three-quarters at Bath last week to complete the hat-trick. Merlin's Beard stuck to his task well, showing a good attitude under pressure, and he can launch another bold bid under a 6 lb penalty.