The top three have all taken a significant drop in the weights this year, but look no nearer winning though Amethyst Dawn scored off a higher mark at Thirsk in July. Hacienda still looks a shade high in the handicap and this is tougher than the race Polish World won over C&D last month. There are doubts about Gala Casino Star dropping back in distance and preference is for ROBERT THE PAINTER. He hasn't won since his racecourse debut a year ago, but went close at Redcar last time and could be finally hitting top form.
Mr Rainbow 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 6l behind Markazzi (9-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Oratory (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Always behind, last of 15, 30l behind Markazzi (9-4) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Whistledownwind 50-1 (9-1) Behind stand side group, ridden well over 1f out, never dangerous, 15th of 16, 23l behind Pepper Lane (9-5) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Amethyst Dawn (IRE) 22-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, 10th of 17, 10l behind Diescentric (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Hacienda (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Led until halfway, remained prominent in far side group, led that group and well on terms over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 13, 3l behind First Post (9-9) at Sandown 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Polish World (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 6f out, chased leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 11th of 17, 12l behind Diescentric (9-7) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Diman Waters (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Tracked leader, ridden and carried head high over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 11, 8l behind Toby Tyler (8-9) at York 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 9l behind Set To Music (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul.
Ultimate 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 16l behind Kindest (9-1) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Robert The Painter (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, outpaced halfway, headway over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Roninski (8-8) at Redcar 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Elijah Pepper (USA) 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, not much room over 4f out, outpaced over 3f out, switched left and ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on, never on terms, 5th of 17, 4l behind Thinking (9-4) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Summer Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Always behind, 14th of 20, 17l behind Captain Ramius (10-2) at Ascot 7f ladys hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Jul.
Piceno (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Made all, ridden clear 3f out, unchallenged, won at Southwell 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Golden Creek (9-4) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Powerful Pierre 16-1 (9-4) Pushed along early, soon detached, kept on, never on terms, 7th of 14, 9l behind Last Sovereign (9-12) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf.