Collodi did well to beat subsequent winner My Direction on debut at Newton Abbot but it's difficult to get away from SLIM PICKENS in this. He ran a fine race for a novice when third in a Listed handicap here last month. Tiradia is thoroughly exposed and was a bit disappointing last time at Perth while Autun jumped poorly before falling at the last on debut at Cartmel and may need more time.
Slim Pickens (IRE) 5-1fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, 2nd when mistake 2 out, no impression on winner when mistake last, lost 2nd and one pace flat, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Purple Bay (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Jul.
Collodi (GER) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd 3 out, led before last, went left and not fluent last, held on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul beating My Direction (10-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Tiradia (FR) 11-4fav (11-11) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 7, 17l behind Super Collider (10-12) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Almowj 150-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, closed after 5th, weakened before 2 out, left 3rd last, tailed off, 3rd of 6, well behind Laser Blazer (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Syncopate 9-2 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, led before 3rd, clear briefly, not fluent and headed 2 out, no chance with winner when lost 2nd, mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Laser Blazer (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul, 6 ran.
Autun (USA) 11-4fav (10-12) Never fluent, chased leaders on inside, not fluent and lost place 3rd, jumped slowly 5th, headway approaching 3 out, disputing 4th when blundered 2 out, 5th and well held when fell last, in a race won by May's Boy (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul, 8 ran.