Mighty Clarets wins on all kinds of surfaces though his recent good form has been on ground with plenty of give. Harare's latest victory was over 1m4f but he's equally adept at this trip and goes for his twelfth victory on his 92nd start. Honoured scored at Ripon from a mark of 56 and couldn't quite cope when raised 5lb for his next start at Pontefract. He's up another 2lb here though his rider's claim is a help and he holds Market Puzzle on that Ripon run. ZAPLAMATION hasn't won since April 2010 but is invariably thereabouts and Willie Twiston-Davies knows him well having finished runner-up on him at Catterick last month. John Quinn's charge is handed the vote in an open contest.
Mighty Clarets (IRE) 15-2 (8-6) In rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Fork Handles (9-7) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Harare 9-1 (9-11) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Lady Bluesky (9-12) at Ayr 1m 5f app hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Honoured (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden to lead entering final furlong, headed and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Painted Tail (9-11) at Pontefract 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Black Coffee 10-1 (10-10) Slowly into stride, took keen hold and held up towards rear, headway on outside 4f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened and hung left, 8th of 12, 8l behind Hamilton Hill (11-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Bold Cross (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Held up in 7th, pushed along and some headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 11l behind Standpoint (9-7) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Zaplamation (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon in mid-division, headway to track leaders 4f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd final strides, 4th of 13, 5l behind Kalk Bay (9-12) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Ptolomeos 12-1 (9-2) Behind, some late headway, never nearer, 9th of 14, 8l behind Honoured (9-10) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 8, 3l behind Cuckoo Rock (9-1) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Very Well Red 25-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 10l behind Brown Pete (9-4) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul.
Naledi 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden over 3f out, hung left and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 12, 14l behind Harare (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in May.
Market Puzzle (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on same pace close home, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Honoured (9-10) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.