AWARD WINNER only ever wins when AP McCoy is in the saddle, as was the case over 3m here in July. A 4lb higher mark isn't restrictive and Brendan Powell's enigmatic 10-year-old could take all the beating again taking on largely out-of-form rivals. Silver Dragon was made favourite at Hexham last week and only found one too good. He races off the same mark and should be thereabouts again while Word Of Warning was the subject of a gamble at Worcester last month, though disappointed. Nicene Creed may just need this but Inside Knowledge will lack nothing in fitness and Garry Woodward's course and distance winner looks the pick of the remainder.
Nicene Creed 9-2fav (11-8) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, lost place after next, last when not fluent 5th, tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Molon Labe (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Ebony River (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, mistake next, 7th and no impression 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 46l behind Staccato Valtat (10-6) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Texas Rose (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Chased leaders and 6th halfway, ridden and headway into 4th 2 out, no extra approaching straight and dropped to 8th, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 16l behind May Dullea (10-13) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mares mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Asian Prince (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, well behind Anton Dolin (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.
Matako (FR) 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, 7th of 11, 39l behind Sporting Boy (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Award Winner 9-2 (10-13) With leaders, reminders and led before 3 out, press from 2 out, hard pressed last, kept on gamely run-in, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jul beating Zafaraban (11-9) by 1l, 10 ran.
Pampanito 10-1 (11-7) Prominent, reminder after 4th, jumped very slowly when losing place 5th, soon well behind, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Goat Castle (10-1) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Inside Knowledge (USA) 11-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, no impression before next, 6th of 14, 9l behind Hail Tiberius (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Almadan (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Led when mistake 1st, not fluent 4th, headed 6th, led before next, headed 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Solis (11-8) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 13 ran.
Blackstone Vegas 14-1 (10-0) Held up behind, headway after 4 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden and one pace, never on terms, 6th of 12, 13l behind Flicka Williams (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Old Magic (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led until before 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Hail Tiberius (10-9) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Word of Warning 4-1fav (10-10) Tracked leaders until 3 out, 9th of 13, 31l behind Absolute Shambles (10-3) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Silver Dragon 5-2fav (10-11) Took keen hold, in touch on outside, not fluent 7th, mistake 3 out, ridden after 2 out, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Hartforth (10-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Go Annie 8-1 (10-13) In rear, well beaten 4 out, 8th of 11, 33l behind Hail Tiberius (10-9) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Wicklewood 16-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, 9th of 14, 35l behind Argaum (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Song of Pride (GER) 50-1 (10-3) In touch on outside, ridden and effort approaching 3 out, weakened after next, 11th of 14, 23l behind Hail Tiberius (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Samizdat (FR) 20-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 12, well behind Pobs Trophy (10-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gf in Jul.