WATER DIVINER (2.00) and NAPANOOK (2.30) have similar profiles as they attempt to snap a frustrating run of near misses at Brighton.
Richard Hannon’s Water Diviner won at Wolverhampton in July and has been a model of consistency without poking his head in front. He was a beaten odds-on shot over course and distance, leading until collared inside the final furlong. It was a similar story at Chester when finding useful Barriston The Bold too strong, but the colt has been found a slightly easier opportunity in this median auction stakes.
Napanook keeps hitting the crossbar, his latest second prize coming at Kempton 10 days ago when out-matched by Intuitive. Marker rival Punjab Mail also finished second on the same card and as they both clocked very similar times, there should be precious little between them.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s red and white colours are carried by CHESS MOVE (4.05) and the gelding has a chance if repeating his recent Lingfield second to The Warrior (runs 3.35). Chess Move went down narrowly to Rivas Rob Roy over course and distance back in May off a one pound higher mark so should be competitive.