SAILORMAN is a typical Mark Johnston improver and he can account for Regeneration and Beaver Patrol. The three-year-old is in receipt of a valuable weight-for-age allowance and if granted a soft lead, he could be incredibly difficult to peg back. Regeneration won his first race for Michael Bell having struggled since leaving Simon Callaghan. His recent effort at Kempton is probably best ignored. Beaver Patrol has run in much better grade than this in the past and after a sizeable amount of time in the doldrums, the handicapper finally seems to have that it would be prudent to drop him down the weights. Another Magic Man took advantage of a lower mark to oblige at Chester in June. He was unable to follow up last week but he could still be well treated at present. Prince Of Thebes is a course-and-distance winner though he has very much become a light of his former self. Buxton is best of the rest. Sailorman could turn out to be much better than this grade so has to be the nomination accordingly.
Beaver Patrol (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Always in rear, 11th of 13, 19l behind Cornus (8-9) at Folkestone 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Regeneration (IRE) 5-2 (9-6) Tracked leading pair on inside, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Cape Rock (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Spinning Bailiwick 16-1 (9-9) Reared badly leaving stalls, soon recovered and in touch, pushed along halfway, effort over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Simple Rhythm (8-4) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Sailorman (IRE) 13-8fav (8-11) Made all on stands side rail, driven clear approaching final furlong, stayed on strongly, eased towards finish, very easily, won at Chepstow 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Woodcote Place (9-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Expensive Problem 25-1 (9-1) Pulled hard in rear, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 10l behind Speed Dating (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f app hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Jun.
Avertis 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Ocean Countess (8-10) at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr.
Buxton 20-1 (9-0) In rear, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 4l behind Space Station (9-4) at Epsom Downs 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Prince Of Thebes (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Held up, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 5l behind Jake The Snake (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.
Another Magic Man (USA) 11-4fav (8-12) With leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Mejd (9-9) at Chester 1m 3yo app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Wunder Strike (USA) 20-1 (9-8) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, 11l behind Bramshill Lady (8-10) at Windsor 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.