Racing: Punters' Guide - Simon Holt of Channel 4 racing previews today's Racing Post Trophy

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Commander Collins: Going the right way. Won on his debut at Newmarket in July then went down by a head to Auction House in Champagne Stakes here, finishing strongly over seven furlongs. Improving, and will appreciate the mile here. Auction House was second in the Dewhurst a week ago.

Housemaster: Won a maiden in June at Yarmouth and then was fifth in Listed race at Royal Ascot to Rhapsodist. Not really up to this sort of company on the basis of previous form.

Magno: Made all to score in a York maiden earlier this month and repel Lightning Arrow's challenge by a neck. That does not seem to merit a great deal of consideration in today's class.

Stormy Skye: This target seems a trifle ambitious after his third, beaten nine lengths, in a Listed Ascot mile event earlier this month.

The Exhibition Fox: It is difficult to see why he is in the line-up on the face of his only run when eighth and beaten 19 lengths in a York maiden earlier this month.

Timahs: Has been supplemented at a cost of pounds 15,000. Most impressive when landing a Newmarket maiden last month on his only outing so far. Could be virtually anything and his connections have backed their judgement with hard cash.

Tumbleweed Quartet: Won minor event at Newbury then third in a fair race at the same course. Marked improvement when third in Champagne Stakes here, beaten just over two lengths by Auction House and Commander Collins. Hampered badly on that occasion and could have finished closer. Improving at the right time.

Conclusion: COMMANDER COLLINS is crying out for this mile and gets the vote here. Timahs has a great deal of confidence behind him and Tumbleweed Quartet is getting better all the time.

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