A modest race can go the way of TORPHICHEN, who gets the nomination ahead of Mr Burton and Hawk House. The last-named is exposed as ordinary but has proven form at this trip. His consistency deserves reward but he does look vulnerable to an improver at this stage of his career. Mr Burton, like Scania Classic, has experience of racing under both codes but his lack of success has marked him down as one to be wary of for the time being. Still, this will not take much winning and he may the best alternative if the selection fails to live up to expectations. However, Torphichen has been steadily brought along by Michael Jarvis and, with a very handy weight-for-age allowance boosting his claims, the mount of Phillip Robinson stands out as the one to side with in this very ordinary maiden.
Mr Burton 16-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, hung right over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 12l behind Cigalas (9-3) at Warwick 7f mdn stk (5) sft in Aug.
Scania Classic 50-1 (10-0) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Laoch Dubh (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul, 8 ran (N.Hunt).
Distinctive Image (USA) 11-4 (9-3) Dwelt, always in rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 5l behind Traphalgar (9-3) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn (5) pol in Nov.
Hawk House 11-4 (9-3) Led, headed 7f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Gracechurch (9-4) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug.
Pas de Roland 50-1 (8-10) Slowly away, headway to chase leaders after 2f, ridden and weakened halfway, last of 4, 32l behind Mut'ab (9-3) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Torphichen 8-1 (9-3) Chased winner throughout, pushed along 4f out, no impression final 2f, kept on well for clear 2nd, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Porthole (9-3) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gs in Jun.