A chance is taken on HAND PAINTED relishing this visit to Brighton as he goes in search of course and distance-win number three; Piazza San Pietro is an obvious danger, while Billy Red and Highland Harvest also have the capacity to make this a tough day at the office for the selection. It would also be dangerous to dismiss Starwatch, as he has shown a lot more sparkle of late. Still, he does have more on his plate under the 6lb penalty incurred for a victory at Epsom eight days ago. However, Brighton is renowned as a course for specialists and nothing fits the profile better than Hand Painted - especially with Seb Sanders - currently the leading jockey at this south coast venue - confirmed as the man doing the steering.
Piazza San Pietro 5-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway and switched right right over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, won at Yarmouth 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul beating Arabian Pearl (9-2) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Hand Painted 7-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Hairspray (9-8) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Billy Red 9-2 (9-5) Made most, driven out, won at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Vhujon (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Highland Harvest 66-1 (8-2) Always behind, 16th of 17, 11l behind Hamoody (8-11) at Goodwood 5f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Dvinsky (USA) 14-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to press leader 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, won at Lingfield 6f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jul beating Dashing Beauty (9-5) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Musical Script (USA) 22-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, ran on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-1) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Starwatch 20-1 (8-2) Made most, ridden over 1f out, found extra when challenged inside final furlong, won at Epsom Downs 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jul beating Flouncing (9-1) by 3/4l, 6 ran.