MASTER OF SPEED won a Sandown maiden on the Flat in June for Roger Varian and ended up with a rating of 82 in handicaps. He'll know his job here and his yard is in excellent form so he should be capable of taking advantage of the 10lb he receives from French import Pillard, who is penalised for his victory at Vichy in August. Neither Sneaking Budge nor Burner showed much on their respective debuts over timber.
Pillard (FR) (10-10) 3rd of 11, 2 1/2l behind Indietir (10-10) at Enghien 2m 1f sft in Sep.
Burner (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Keen tracked leader, blundered when joined leader 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 9, dist behind Wolfcatcher (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) hvy in Dec.
Master Of Speed (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Slow into stride, in touch, soon pushed along and never traveling, ridden 4f out, never a factor, 6th of 7, 11 1/4l behind Pin Up (8-2) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (2) gs in Sep.
Sneaking Budge 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before next, 8th of 10, 24 1/2l behind Ashoka (10-12) at Warwick 2m (4) sft in Dec.