Market support for Durham Reflection would need to be taken seriously however in an open event we will take a chance on BUSTARD BAY who is preferred to Orpen Arms and William Morgan. The selection has shaped in his three runs to date as if he has the ability to pick up a contest like this. His latest run at Catterick was arguably his best to date and James Given's charge does not look harshly treated on a mark of 61. Tribal Myth was sixth in that race and similar comments apply, whilst Gold Story and High Rolling are both open to more improvement as they step up to seven furlongs. William Arnold's run behind Whippers Love reads well, and he actually holds the selection on their run at Catterick when second at a whopping 250/1. Orpen Arms was well-fancied at Beverley last time but she got going too late and she has a bit to prove now, although the feeling is that this trip should be within range with Paul Hanagan back on board a plus. Interestingly stablemate William Morgan's run behind Azizi reads as better form however the stable number one jockey jumps ship. Novay Essjay has an engagement at Ripon earlier this week and it will be interesting to see how he has reacted to being gelded, whilst Suzi's A Smartlady has shaped with promise and a mark of 67 for this handicap bow looks manageable. An open heat, but the vote is given to Bustard Bay for a yard with a profitable record at the track.
Durham Reflection (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Chased leading pair, ridden over 2f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Gillburg (9-3) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Aug.
Novay Essjay (IRE) 18-1 (8-7) Behind, driven over 3f out, ridden and headway well over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Eight Hours (8-2) at Ripon 6f 2yo hcp (4) gd.
Suzi's A Smartlady (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Slowly into stride, chased leaders on outside, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 10, 9l behind Mark Anthony (8-9) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Aug.
Flow Chart (IRE) 4-1 (8-4) Behind, headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Iron Velvet (9-0) at Catterick 6f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Alphacino 16-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, headway on outer over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 5th of 12, 8l behind Whippers Love (9-0) at Beverley 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Powerful Pierre 40-1 (8-11) Prominent, under pressure when hampered and lost place over 2f out, 6th of 12, 10l behind Hold Your Colour (8-11) at Ripon 6f 2yo aut (2) gf in Aug.
Orpen Arms (IRE) 3-1fav (8-7) Close up on outside, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind Theymistim (8-13) at Beverley 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gd in Aug.
Edward Whymper 10-1 (9-0) Slowly away, switched right start, held up towards rear, reached midfield on inner halfway, pushed along over 3f out, steadily lost place, last of 13, 16l behind Russian Davis (8-10) at Kempton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
William Morgan (IRE) 9-1 (8-5) Led, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Azizi (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo hcp (4) gf in Aug.
High Rolling 20-1 (8-7) With leaders, ridden and outpaced over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 7, 6l behind Bluie (9-0) at Hamilton 6f 2yo auc hcp (4) gs in Aug.
William Arnold 7-1 (7-12) In touch, stayed on on inner to take 3rd over 1f out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Whippers Love (9-0) at Beverley 7f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Bustard Bay (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Bonfire Knight (9-3) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Tribal Myth (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, led approaching 4f out, headed well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Bonfire Knight (9-3) at Catterick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Kookie 50-1 (8-5) Held up, outpaced over 3f out, no impression final 2f, last of 5, 13l behind Court Gown (8-8) at Redcar 7f nov med aut stk (5) gf in Aug.
Gold Story 40-1 (9-3) Behind, outpaced halfway, 11th of 12, 23l behind Silenceofthewind (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Jun.
Marchin Star (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never able to challenge, 7th of 10, 13l behind Mark Anthony (8-9) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Aug.
Woodhouse Mill (IRE) 100-1 (8-8) Always behind, 8th of 10, 14l behind Mark Anthony (8-9) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Aug.
Stanley Bridge 50-1 (8-8) Always behind, last of 6, 20l behind Petougg (8-11) at Haydock 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) hvy in Jul.