Communicator won this last year but has shown nothing in three starts this season and the handicapper remains reluctant to give him much respite. Scatter Dice is another struggling to match last year's progressive form but stablemate SALUTATION has leading claims. He's been holding his form well in similar company to this and a repeat of his latest third at Haydock would make him hard to beat. Reve De Nuit hasn't won on Turf since 2010 and Kiama Bay makes more appeal than both the former and Burnham having scored at Pontefract last week.
Communicator 20-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, well beaten over 1f out, last of 17, 25l behind Star Lahib (8-8) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp (4yo+) (2) gf in Jul.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Led 1f, chased leader until 8f out, chased leading pair, led again 4f out, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, chased leader until well over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 13l behind Star Lahib (9-11) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Reve De Nuit (USA) 7-2 (9-3) Keen tracked leaders, came centre 7f out, tracked leader 4f out, ridden 2f out, every chance entering final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Miss Dashwood (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Salutation (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Led briefly, tracked leader, led 2f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Glenard (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f 3yo hcp (2) gf.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Rio's Rosanna (9-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Burnham 6-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final strides, one pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Love Marmalade (8-2) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.