This looks more open than the first division but TALENT SCOUT is taken to defy top weight. Tim Walford's charge has been very lightly raced and was having just the 12th run of his career when storming to victory at Redcar and a 5lb rise looks manageable. Justin Newman was on board when Master Leon scored a Hamilton and his claim will be invaluable and though it was only a seller that Escape Artist won at Thirsk he'd been successful in a Redcar handicap earlier. Machir Bay is still a maiden but getting closer to that elusive first success judged on his latest run at Hamilton.
Talent Scout (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Close up, led 2f out, ridden and hung left approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Redcar 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul beating Wiseman's Diamond (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Master Leon 3-1fav (9-1) With leader, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Broctune Papa Gio (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Scottish Lake 14-1 (8-10) Close up, led over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 13, 5l behind Uptown Guy (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Escape Artist 11-2fav (9-4) Towards rear, mid-division over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Thirsk 1m sell hcp 0-65 (6) gs beating Goninodaethat (8-8) by 1l, 13 ran.
Sinatramania 9-1 (8-11) Raced wide held up, headway to tracked leaders 6f out, ridden to lead 3f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 11l behind Christmas Light (9-8) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Desert Hunter (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Took ekeen hold, chased leading trio, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 7, 12l behind James Pollard (10-3) at Pontefract 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Le Chat D'or 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 2f out, weakened quickly 1f out, 6th of 13, 17l behind Emperor Of Rome (8-11) at Redcar 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf in Jun.
Celtic Step 10-1 (8-8) Mid-division on inside, outpaced over 2f out, beaten when eased inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 29l behind Carragold (8-11) at Beverley 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) sft.
Vittachi 10-1 (9-1) Led 1f, tracked leaders, lost several places 11f out, weakened 6f out, eased final 3f, 7th of 8, well behind Blazing Buck (8-9) at Ayr 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Brisbane (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Escape Artist (9-4) at Thirsk 1m sell hcp 0-65 (6) gs.
French Applause (IRE) 28-1 (8-13) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, lost place 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Grey Command (9-10) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Catawollow 28-1 (8-10) Towards rear, never near leaders, 8th of 9, 18l behind Broctune Papa Gio (8-12) at Redcar 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Machir Bay 4-1fav (8-7) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Piper's Song (8-10) at Hamilton 1m app hcp 0-55 (6) gd.