CAPTAIN OATS pleased many a racegoer when finally breaking his maiden status with a success over track and trip on his penultimate start at the age of 11. He's now performed creditably on his last three outings and there's every chance of another success with the underrated Rosie Jessop's claim seeing him receive 1lb from obvious danger, Fair Comment. The latter was beaten under a length in a desperate finish here last time in maiden handicap company and will surely land a low-grade contest sooner or later, although the assessor is inching him up the weights despite his lack of success. Walter De La Mare disappointed last time but his previous second to Glens Wobbly here brings him bang into calculations, as does consistent hurdling form earlier in the year, especially with apprentice find of the season, Cam Hardie, claiming a valuable 5lb.
Captain Oats (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 9, 3l behind Crouching Harry (8-11) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Fair Comment 22-1 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd 3f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, lost 2nd entering final furlong, kept on same pace in 4th, 4th of 10, 1l behind The Kid (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) fm.
Jumbo Prado (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up in last trio, plugged on under pressure final furlong, never involved, 6th of 11, 7l behind For Shia And Lula (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jun.
Sweeping Rock (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Taste The Wine (9-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Sir Tyto (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on inside 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 10l behind Last Minute Lisa (9-5) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp (6) fm.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, never on terms, 8th of 10, 17l behind Maoi Chinn Tire (8-10) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun.
Actonetaketwo 20-1 (9-2) Prominent, faded inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 12l behind Spellmaker (9-4) at Kempton 6f app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov.
Wintour Leap 33-1 (9-0) Raced wide held up, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 9th of 10, 10l behind Hooded (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.