Not many of these arrive in good form so it could pay to stick with MARKAMI. An import from France, he had only raced over hurdles in this country until scoring over 1m5f on the Polytrack at Lingfield last time and has plenty of scope for further progress. Travel rattled-up a hat-trick on the all-weather earlier this year and may figure on his return to this surface while Dark Ranger won a better contest over track and trip last season but is 5lb higher today. Burnham has a shout and winning hurdlers Softsong and Courtesy Call have both won on the Flat before and could also get involved.
Softsong (FR) 6-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, travelling well on inside 3f out, challenged 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, just missed 2nd, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Rutherglen (8-5) at Kempton 2m hcap (4) pol in Feb.
Courtesy Call (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 28l behind Argent Knight (8-4) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Aug.
Dark Ranger 14-1 (8-4) Tracked leader, remained on far side when race split over 10f out, effort over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Van Percy (8-10) at Newmarket 1m 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gf in May.
Burnham 2-1fav (9-4) Held up in rear, quick move on inside to track leaders 7f out, pushed along and outpaced over 2f out, rallied over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 6l behind The Quarterjack (8-5) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Saborido (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, never on terms, 6th of 7, 11l behind The Quarterjack (8-5) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Uriah Heep (FR) 5-1fav (9-2) Held up, headway after 2f, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 13, 14l behind Uphold (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Opera Buff 3-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon lost 2nd, chased leaders, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind The Quarterjack (8-5) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in May.
Spice Fair 14-1 (8-8) Held up in touch, effort over 2f out, soon ridden, 4th and one pace over 1f out, never troubled leaders, 4th of 9, 8l behind Whiplash Willie (9-10) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) sft in May.
Travel (USA) 9-1 (8-13) Soon tracking winner, ridden 3f out, not much room when losing place over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 15l behind Aleksandar (8-12) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Storm Hawk (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Awkwardly away in rear, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Presto Volante (8-11) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Apr.
Markami (FR) 8-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on to lead towards finish, just held on, won at Lingfield 1m 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in May beating Miss Tiger Lily (9-6) by shd, 6 ran.
St Ignatius 40-1 (8-2) Overall leader towards far side until switched to centre over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 14l behind Certavi (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.