Great Oak, a Grade 3 winner over fences, landed the odds at Hexham in June but was then well beaten in a three-runner race at Ffos Las. We are going to take her on with ME AND BEN, who is more consistent and didn't do a lot wrong in a handicap over a longer trip at Fontwell last time. Carolina Wren and Dreams And Songs are likely to improve with experience while Magic Money is another with scope but Mini Muck was a long way behind the selection at Cartmel in August.
Great Oak (IRE) 11-10fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, chased winner after 5th, ridden and outpaced 2 out, 2nd of 3, 18l behind Social Realism (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Me And Ben (IRE) 5-2fav (11-1) Mid-division, went 2nd before 2 out, every chance last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Cannon Fodder (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Anchoretta Eyre (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Ld til hdd 3out, sn wknd, 5th of 8, 16l behind Muckys Mate (11-4) at Durrow 3m ire ptp hvy in Feb '12.
Balady (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 12th of 17, 12l behind Highway Code (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep (flat).
Carolina Wren 9-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 12f out, outpaced oevr 5f out, stayed on from over 2f out, went 3rd 1f out, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 17, 11l behind Delta Forty (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) sft in Apr.
Dreams And Songs 12-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 6f out, well beaten 2f out, 12th of 17, 30l behind Down Ace (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f mares n h flat (4) sft in Apr.
I Told You So 11-1 (10-8) Led, pushed along and headed 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 39l behind Rosie Probert (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Magic Money 14-1 (10-13) Mistakes,took keen hold in last trio, went right 2nd and next, blundered 5th, struggling in rear 7th, plugging on in 5th when went right last, 5th of 7, 15l behind Emily's Flyer (10-6) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Mini Muck 11-2 (10-10) Held up, not fluent 2nd, mistake 4th, ridden when not fluent 3 out, weakened after next, 4th of 5, 45l behind Me And Ben (10-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Possibly Flora 18-1 (10-2) In rear, jumped right 1st, effort 8th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 8, well behind No Loose Change (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Rolling Dough (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, weakened after 5th, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind As I Am (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.