Sir Michael Stoute's PUMPKIN has looked progressive this season and is our idea of the winner on his handicap debut ahead of Bel Cantor and Mac's Power. Based on his maiden form the pick is potentially well treated here off a mark of 77 especially having beaten an animal in his penultimate start who has since placed when rated in the mid eighties. The surface looks the only element that may stop him in a race that shouldn't take much winning. Bel Cantor may decide to take up an engagement at Pontefract the day before this race but if he rocks up here he is still potentially weighted to be competitive despite a nine pound mark rise after last time out success. Mac's Power also has an increased burden to deal with after a tight course and distance success last time while Lujeanie, is the only other to make any appeal but he looks to have plenty to do stepping up in class and rising in the handicap after winning on his first try over course and distance on his most recent run. Not the easiest end to the day but Pumpkin can win on his handicap debut.
Dvinsky (USA) 9-1 (9-11) Pressed winner, ridden and effort approaching final furlong, kept on, always held by winner final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind C'mon You Irons (9-8) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jun.
Kyle (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Held up, always in the rear, 8th of 9, 8l behind Street Power (9-2) at Kempton 7f Handicap (0-85) (3yo+) (4) pol in Jun.
Calahonda 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division , ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 7l behind Mac's Power (8-5) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun.
Pumpkin 7-4 (8-4) Made most, ridden when challenged approaching final furlong, stayed on well towards finish, won at Yarmouth 6f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun beating Maverin (9-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bel Cantor 8-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Kempton 6f Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol beating Lethal (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Lujeanie 7-2 (9-5) Hampered leaving stalls, soon in touch, headway to lead over 1f out, drew clear final furlong, driven out, won at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun beating It's A Mans World (8-7) by 4l, 12 ran.
Rare Art 10-3 (9-3) Held up, ridden 2f out, edged left over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind West Leake (8-2) at Southwell 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Apr.
Mac's Power (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Made virtually all, driven over 1f out, held on, won at Kempton 6f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun beating Fulham Broadway (9-4) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Lethal 12-1 (8-12) Chased winner throughout, ridden over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Bel Cantor (9-7) at Kempton 6f Apprentice Handicap (0-75) (3yo+) (5) pol.