A good race for the time of year with KING'S FOREST taken to come out on top. R De Rien Sivola and Carrick Oscar are two of the leading challengers. Carrick Oscar has always shown ability but his success last month on his second start for Tim Vaughan was just the second of his career. He's never raced on ground faster than good so it's possible that he won't want conditions to dry out too much whilst a penalty doesn't make life easy. No Panic is also penalised but should relish the return to novice company having faced a couple of stiff tasks; stamina, however has appeared to be his forte and he may lack the pace for this trip. R De Rien Sivola weakened rather tamely after a mistake at the water and may find that this is more competitive than he cares for. Ogee developed into a smart hurdler last term and is interesting but preference is for another promising hurdler in King's Forest. He only won twice over hurdles but showed some useful form in defeat on occasions whilst on his sole start in an Irish point he chased home the useful Michael Flips. He's expected to make his mark in this sphere and King's Forest can get off to the best possible start.
Carrick Oscar (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leader, left in lead 4 out, ridden last, hung badly right flat, stayed on well towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 4f noc chs (4) gs in Aug beating Donaldson (11-13) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
No Panic (IRE) 4-1fav (10-5) Prominent, hit 9th, pushed along briefly, ridden and weakened after 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Star of Germany (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) gf in Aug, 15 ran.
Caribbean Nights (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) (tt) prom til wknd 2 out, 4th of 16, 23l behind Musique En Tete (12-0) at Bonvilston 3m ptp gf in May.
Easy View (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Mid-division best, moderate 12th before 7 out, soon no danger, tailed off, 13th of 18, well behind Whatever Next (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chase sft in Jul.
Inoneearoutdother (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Led, hung and took keen hold, headed after 9th, still in touch when appeared to run out before next, reported lame, in a race won by Themoonandsixpence (11-12) at Wexford 3m 1f beg chs in Aug, 15 ran.
King's Forest (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Led until mistake 1st, chased leader, lost 2nd 3 out, weakened after 2 out, no chance when faltered soon after last and unseated rider, in a race won by Bensalem (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Apr, 7 ran.
Laragh Hill (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Soon mid-division, 8th at 6th, soon no danger, 10th of 15, 44l behind Kalellshan (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chs gf in Aug.
Ogee 13-2 (11-12) In touch, effort on inside 2 out, ridden last, kept on, 3rd of 16, 5l behind Elzahann (10-5) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Ralahine (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, steady headway from 3 out, blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 20l behind Carsonstown Boy (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
R De Rien Sivola (FR) 11-8fav (11-0) Held up in touch, headway 9th, chased winner approaching 11th, driven approaching 2 out, hit 2 out, weakened and no chance with winner soon after, 2nd of 5, 12l behind Marrel (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Aug.