Art Wave has leading claims having been beaten less than length on the Polytrack at Lingfield last month. But MAJOR SURPRISE had a subsequent winner in front when fourth at Thirsk on his latest start and today's shorter trip can see him off the mark. Flying Cape showed some progress at Warwick last time but Mumtaza was a big disappointment when starting second favourite on her debut at Haydock. Don Ottavio is a newcomer to keep an eye on for the future.
Archibald Thorburn (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 4th of 10, 8l behind Roachdale House (9-5) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Art Wave (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased winner throughout, ridden and no impression over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure in closing stages, always held, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Hunters Creek (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Don Ottavio Amadeus Wolf colt out of Lyric Art.
Flying Cape (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Steadied start, behind, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Meteoroid (9-5) at Warwick 7f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Hostile Fire (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Started very slowly, always behind, 11th of 13, 21l behind Lightning Spear (9-5) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Aug.
Major Surprise (USA) 5-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and every chance until no extra final 110 yards, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 9, 3l behind Emef Diamond (9-5) at Thirsk 1m 2yo mdn (4) gd in Aug.
Razin' Hell 28-1 (9-2) Awkwardly away, behind and soon outpaced, beaten when hung left 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 34l behind Light Weight (9-0) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (4) gs in Aug.
Creative Spirit 8-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, outpaced, 6th of 7, 18l behind Mecca's Angel (9-7) at Southwell 5f 2yo hcp (6) fbs in Jul.
Mumtaza 7-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened 2f out, 10th of 11, 20l behind Hot Coffee (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo stks (5) gf in Jul.