COLORUS is the call in this contest with Loose Caboose and Haalak on the list of dangers. Bill Ratcliffe's charge is a very consistent sort around here and while well beaten at Brighton; we are hopeful that Paul Pickard can make his 5lb claim count today. Loose Caboose has won here previously and while there is an absence to overcome, Robert Winston's booking looks a positive. High draws used to be favoured though the recent evidence has not been quite so clear cut. Haalak may need luck in running from this post position. First Order has each-way claims on the pick of some of his better form whilst Silvanus is well treated on some of his turf form and is one to note in the market. Lake Chini is well handicapped these days though has not shown too much at this course in the past. Simple Rhythm continues in good heart. Cogent cases can be made for the majority of the field and we are with Colorus.
Simple Rhythm 2-1fav (8-10) Chased leaders, stayed on far side straight, led group of 4 that side 1f out and ran on well, no chance with leaders stands side, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Magical Speedfit (8-4) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Colorus (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Slight lead, stayed on far side in straight, headed that side 1f out, weakened and no chance with stands side leaders, 11th of 14, 5l behind Magical Speedfit (8-4) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
First Order 11-1 (8-12) Hampered and squeezed out start, ridden and headway over 1f out, keeping on when short of room and hampered inside final furlong, not recover, 11th of 13, 7l behind Liberty Island (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Loose Caboose (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, lost place 2f out, soon ridden, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 10l behind Sir Nod (8-11) at Carlisle 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun.
Steel City Boy (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 5l behind Liberty Island (9-4) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
First Blade 11-2 (8-6) Held up, raced keenly, not clear run over 2f out, hung left and headway over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Secret Venue (8-13) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Danum Dancer 16-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and one pace final 2f, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Sea Salt (8-6) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep.
Halaak (USA) 13-2 (8-13) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway to chase winner 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never able to challenge, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Simple Rhythm (9-0) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Cayman Fox 7-1 (7-11) Led, clear halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Feelin Foxy (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f fll hcp 0-80 (4) pol.
Silvanus (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 4l behind Distant Sun (9-1) at Musselburgh 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Lake Chini (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division, stayed on from over 1f out, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Lost In Paris (9-2) at Ayr 5f hcp 0-58 (6) gf.
Tanley 12-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed inside final furlong, weakened towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Revue Princess (9-5) at Newcastle 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Molly Two 28-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 14, 13l behind The Name Is Frank (11-0) at Catterick 5f am hcp 0-55 (6) gf.
Egyptian Lord 100-1 (9-4) Slowly away, went left start, hit rails and unseated rider, in a race won by Princess Charlmane (8-13) at Musselburgh 5f sell stks (6) gd in Jul, 8 ran.