Gemma Tutty has shone on Harare over the past few weeks and her mount has to be considered with a 5lb rise after a convincing victory at Hamiliton. Politbureau was a long way behind him at Wolverhampton in May but bounced back to score at Newcastle and ran quite well at Ripon last time when conditions were very testing. Mighty Whitey had been racing over hurdles before landing a Sligo claimer but he's 9lb higher and this is much tougher. SARTINGO appeared to be running into form when sent to Thirsk last month and failed by the narrowest margin to catch Asterales over this trip. He's probably the one to beat though Amir Pasha has always liked this track and won over hurdles here on New Year's Day.
Mighty Whitey (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Soon led, asserted from over 2f out, reduced lead and stayed on well under pressure from under 1f out, won at Sligo 1m 2f clm stks gs in Jun beating Gra Geal Mo Chroi (8-8) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Harare 7-2 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Hamilton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun beating Khandaq (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Sartingo (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, gaining on winner near finish, 2nd of 15, shd behind Asterales (9-1) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jun.
Politbureau 2-1fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, joined leader over 4f out, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Shaloo Diamond (10-7) at Ripon 1m 4f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Jun.
Gumnd (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along over 4f out and in rear, tailed off 2f out, last of 12, 22l behind Needwood Ridge (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 18-1 (8-7) In touch, ridden over 4f out, headway over 2f out, chased leader over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 4l behind Nay Secret (7-11) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Leaving Alone (USA) 14-1 (8-7) In touch on outside, ridden and lost place over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 12, 10l behind Jeu De Roseau (9-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jul '11.
Arizona High 18-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 10l behind Stansonnit (9-7) at Ripon 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Tinseltown 16-1 (8-3) Outpaced in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, kept on well, 5th of 13, 11l behind French Art (9-7) at Newcastle 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Apr '11.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Stansonnit (9-7) at Ripon 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.