HIRED HAND wasn't far away in two very hot bumpers in Ireland on his first two starts and while he's only managed to get his head in front on one occasion during his career, he does act on the surface, and this appears to be easiest assignment for some time. Ali Brewer only took her training licence out in May but she's made a good start to her career and Canna can go well. While he is still a maiden under both codes, he ran in the Lingfield Derby trial during his time on the Flat with Barry Hills. Cruising Bye ran a stormer at Worcester on his first start for almost 18 months. Frank Lloyd's gelding has to be a major player if the bounce factor doesn't come into play. The Weatherman is back to a winning mark although our confidence has been somewhat muted by a couple of disappointing efforts of late.
The Weatherman (IRE) 15-2 (11-1) Last pair, struggling 3 out, never involved, 5th of 8, 24l behind Lisbon (11-6) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Hired Hand (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up behind, headway into mid-division after 4 out, outpaced next, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 16l behind Sea Lord (11-11) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Canna (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) In touch, pushed along after 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 9, 22l behind Castlemorris King (11-10) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Vapiano (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Towards rear, 8th halfway, some headway approaching straight, 5th 2 out, soon no extra, 6th of 10, 11l behind Court Jester (10-4) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Yazdi (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, 7th of 13, 34l behind Up For An Oscar (10-9) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
He's A Hawker (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Chased winner who went clear 3rd, lost 2nd 6th, ridden and lost plaec after 8th, well beaten when not much room next, last of 12, well behind High Ville (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Sedgemoor Express (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) In touch, chased leaders 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, one pace, 7th of 15, 26l behind Detroit Red (10-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Cruising Bye 25-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, in 4th and wandered badly and not fluent last, kept on to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Divine Folly (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.