INCENDO has won four claimers this year so this is his level. He only had to be pushed out to score at Catterick earlier this month, when Gift Of Silence was a well-beaten third, and is difficult to oppose today. Mr Lando does most of his racing on the all-weather nowadays but is probably the one for forecast-backers with Nebula Storm and Orthodox Lad both having an absence to overcome. Safe Investment was third at Brighton on his return to the Flat but that was a very modest contest.
Incendo 10-11fav (9-3) In rear, headway over 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, held on well, won at Catterick 1m 4f claim (6) gf beating Juvenal (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Mr Lando 9-4 (10-0) Stumbled start, soon recovered to lead and raced keenly setting steady pace, joined 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 9l behind Elegant Ophelia (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul.
Nebula Storm (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) Soon well behind, lost touch over 4f out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Spring Of Fame (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov '12.
Orthodox Lad 11-1 (9-7) Raced keely in touch, effort well over 2f out, soon lost place, 7th of 10, 12l behind My Mate Jake (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct '12.
Safe Investment (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden over 4f out, headway over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Unidexter (9-1) at Brighton 1m 4f sell hcp 0-55 (6) gd.
Gift Of Silence 11-4 (9-4) Held up in touch and towards rear, ridden in 3rd over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Incendo (9-3) at Catterick 1m 4f claim (6) gf.