JAZZ sets the standard and it's a decent one. He's had plenty of chances but has been placed in class 2 handicaps and is taken to finally open his account in this lesser company. Speedfiend should make a race of it on official ratings after a second at Nottingham but Wickhambrook has 10lb to find with the selection. Almargo is likely to improve from a debut third at Lingfield and may get involved while Mushir is entered in next month's Middle Park and makes more appeal than Pushkin Museum of the newcomers.
Almargo (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Not much room start and slowly into stride, behind and soon outpaced, headway on outside over 2f out, stayed on to challenge when edged right 1f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, no extra when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Outback Traveller (9-5) at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Jazz (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, chased winner entering final furlong until no extra well inside, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Braidley (8-11) at Doncaster 7f 2yo hcp (2) gd.
Mushir Oasis Dream colt out of Shimah.
Pushkin Museum (IRE) Soviet Star gelding out of Chaste.
Speedfiend 5-1 (9-5) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Gamesome (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Aug.
Sydney James (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Slowly away, in rear and in touch, ridden over 1f out, faded inside final furlong, last of 5, 12l behind Captain Secret (8-6) at Kempton 7f 2yo nov auc stks (5) pol.
Touzr 5-4fav (9-5) In touch in rear, pushed along halfway, no impression final 2f, 5th of 6, 16l behind Desert Ace (9-5) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn (5) gs.
Wickhambrook (IRE) 7-4 (9-5) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Racing Mate (9-5) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.