Arkaim finally got off the mark at Towcester on Tuesday. This looks a similar heat so Gina Andrews' mount has to go on the short-list. Lean Burn would have a great chance on his form earlier in the campaign while Rare Coincidence rolled back the years to finish second in a Catterick seller last month, though doesn't look the ideal ride for an inexperienced pilot. Bach On Tow must have some sort of chance but BROTHER SCOTT produced a much-improved display to finish third at Doncaster last month. Sue Smith has booked the talented Samantha Drake for this and he looks the one to beat.
Arkaim 6-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 3rd, went 2nd from next, led last, kept on under pressure near finish, just held on, won at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Pobs Trophy (10-0) by nk, 14 ran.
Noble Jack (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 13, well behind Regal One (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Rare Coincidence 40-1 (11-1) With leader, led 4th, headed 2 out, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 10l behind King Fingal (11-1) at Catterick 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 16-1 (10-1) Towards rear, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Nicene Creed (10-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 13 ran.
Lean Burn (USA) 5-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden after 5th, stayed on from 2 out, never nearer, 5th of 16, 16l behind Super Collider (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Vodka Red (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway on outside to chase leaders 3 out, hit 2 out, weakened and eased, hit last, 6th of 8, 34l behind One For Luck (11-7) at Wetherby 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Brother Scott 15-2 (9-10) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leading pair last, kept on same pace, no impression, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Broctune Papa Gio (10-9) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Bach On Tow (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, headway after 2 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on, 4th of 15, 10l behind Castlemorris King (11-4) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Samizdat (FR) 14-1 (9-7) Prominent, lost ground on front pair before 4th, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace, went 3rd flat, no chance with leaders, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Kayfton Pete (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Ladies Selling Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Presenting Junior (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, lost place before next, 8th of 16, 29l behind Signed Request (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Catawollow 20-1 (9-10) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, weakened after last, 5th of 14, 12l behind Arkaim (11-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Strathaird (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, headway 9th, went 3rd 3 out until no extra last, 4th of 10, 17l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.