Arctic Court looks to have been campaigned with handicaps in mind and is worth respect but we'll take a chance on PLINY. The Venetia Williams-trained inmate has been a shade disappointing so far having failed to get off the mark but as a consequence gets to race off a mark of 113. On the pick of his earlier form that looks particularly generous and he's reported to have strengthened over the summer. Strumble Head idled when in front last time and looks a player here but ground conditions are softer than he'd like, as they may be for Whereveryougoigo who represents last year's winning trainer. Don't Rush It has climbed the weights in defeat and Sunarri has been harshly penalised for winning a weak race so Devotion To Duty is next on the list as his maiden hurdle form reads nicely and conditions are set to suit.
Arctic Court (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders under pressure after next, ridden 2 out, stayed on under pressure flat, rallied to go 2nd near finish, just held, 2nd of 16, nk behind Jurisdiction (11-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Devotion To Duty (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, led 2 out, soon ridden, headed last, held towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Frontier Spirit (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Sep.
Sunarri (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 2nd, made rest, mistake 5th, 5 lengths clear last, driven and kept on flat, held on towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Texas Holdem (11-4) by 1l, 15 ran.
Pliny (IRE) 5-6fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, challenged 7th until after next, ridden 3 out, weakened last, 4th of 11, 15l behind Scampi Boy (11-1) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Don't Rush It (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Held up mid-division, chased leaders approaching 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 13, 13l behind Bringewood Belle (10-4) at Bangor 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Eighteen Carat (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, blundered 5th, led 3 out, hit and headed next, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 47l behind What A Riddle (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Chapolimoss (FR) 9-1 (10-12) Held up in rear and keen, headway 3 out, chased winner 2 out, soon ridden, kept on from last, no impression, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Bow Badger (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Whereveryougoigo (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Led, strongly challenged approaching 2 out, headed before last, left in 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Mediolanum (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Strumble Head (IRE) 9-2fav (11-2) Held up in touch, steady headway 8th, chased leader 3 out, led approaching 2 out, driven between last 2, soon in command, stayed on well flat, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Oct beating Bollywood (9-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
What A Steel (IRE) 17-2 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway approaching 2 out, no extra from last, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Cunning Clarets (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.