Performances in the spring suggest course and distance winner Mohi Rahrere is on a downward spiral nowadays. Susquehanna River is back in the right grade but hasn't been seen since refusing at Haydock in May and Settledoutofcourt also returns from a break and needs it softer than this. Valleyofmilan couldn't cope with the step up in class here last time but was racing from out of the handicap and has a much better chance in this. It's surely only a matter of time before WHISTLING SENATOR gets back on track as he's tumbled down the weights and was just beaten off today's mark at Warwick in November. He gets the vote today, though Ultra Light won here last month and should make a race of it.
Valleyofmilan (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leader, pushed along and lost 2nd before 10th, went right 11th, weakened 4 out, 5th of 7, 6l behind Dursey Sound (10-11) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd.
Settledoutofcourt (IRE) 4-5fav (11-8) Made all, clear before 3 out, easily, won at Hexham 2m 4f cnd hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in May, 3 ran.
Whistling Senator (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, joined leader 7th, blundered next, driven 12th, soon weakened, 6th of 7, well behind Western King (11-10) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Susquehanna River (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, jumped left 6th, pushed along after 9th, not fluent 14th, lost place approaching 4 out, weakening when mistake next, tailed off when refused last, in a race won by Shotavodka (11-8) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) sft in May, 8 ran.
Ultra Light (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent, mistake 11th, hard ridden to challenge approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Gleann Na Ndochais (11-6) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.
Mohi Rahrere (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, blundered 13th, tailed off, 5th of 7, 42l behind High Ron (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.