HITCHENS gets the nod in this quality sprint. David Barron's gelding ran a cracker in the Great St Wilfrid given the ground would have been too slow. Now back on a quicker surface and off a mark of 96 he can make hay while the sun shines. Lowdown was badly outpaced at Ffos Las but is a player here if clinging onto their coat tails early on, quick ground suits Esoterica, whilst Misplaced Fortune is consistent if perhaps a tad high in the handicap. A bigger threat could be Midnight Martini if she's on a going day, with Piazza San Pietro in good nick (Ryan Moore booked) and the very nicely-handicapped Valery Borzov the others to consider.
Flipando (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Never better than mid-division on stands' side, no extra from 2f out, 11th of 25, 12l behind Invincible Ash (9-3) at Curragh 6f stks gf in Jun.
Lowdown (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place after 1f, ridden, edged left and headway 2f out, switched right well inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Cansili Star (9-2) at Ffos Las 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Aug.
Hitchens (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Chased leaders in far side group, under pressure over 2f out, soon one pace, 6th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs in Aug.
Hotham 14-1 (8-8) Slowly into stride, always behind, 13th of 15, 9l behind Hamish Mcgonagall (9-6) at York 5f hcap (2) gd in Aug.
Tombi (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 18th of 20, 10l behind Hawkeyethenoo (9-0) at York 6f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jul.
Five Star Junior (USA) 15-2 (9-10) Slowly into stride, always behind, 10th of 11, 8l behind Sohraab (9-1) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Aug.
Thebes 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, soon hard ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 14l behind Side Glance (8-12) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Esoterica (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Behind stands side group, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 16, 14l behind Lowdown (9-0) at Hamilton 6f hcp 105 (2) gs in Jul.
Shifting Star (IRE) 15-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders, driven when not clear run entering final furlong, effort when not clear run again closing stages, not recover, 8th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Nosedive (9-7) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Misplaced Fortune 16-1 (8-9) Chased leaders far side, effort when carried left towards stands side inside final 2f, ridden over 1f out, stayed on final furlong, 4th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Tajneed (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Midnight Martini 12-1 (8-8) Raced far side, prominent, lost place over 2f out, last of 17, 12l behind Damika (8-10) at Ripon 6f hcap (2) gs in Aug.
Joseph Henry 16-1 (8-12) Led far side, ridden when hung left towards stands side inside final 2f, headed over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 8th of 15, 6l behind Tajneed (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Ghostwing 16-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon headed, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Caledonia Princess (8-2) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
Valery Borzov (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Led until 2f out, soon lost 2nd, no extra final 1oo yards, lost places near finish, 5th of 16, 5l behind Poet's Place (9-3) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug.
Secret Witness 4-1fav (9-12) Chased leaders, hard driven and every chance over 1f out, kept on same pace well inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Hot Pursuits (8-8) at Bath 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.
Discanti (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Tajneed (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Piazza San Pietro 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders far side, ridden to lead that side over 1f out, edged left, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2 3/4l behind Tajneed (9-1) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug.
Abraham Lincoln (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden halfway, no extra and lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 5, 3l behind Star Rover (8-7) at Leicester 5f cond Stakes (3) sft in Aug.