Moulin De La Croix needs it soft and will have conditions to suit here but she's probably better over longer trips, despite winning over 2m1f at the start of the month. This may also be on the sharp side for Sunday's Kelso fourth Bocciani and the aforementioned pair could struggle to peg back CARRIETAU. Barry Murtagh's gelding is at his best when allowed to stride out in front and he should get his own way here. It's a while since he was able to compete off a mark this low. Tito Bustillo may be improving over fences but the handicapper has done him no favours here and trainer Lucinda Russell also runs the returning Prosecco.
Tito Bustillo (FR) 2-1 (11-7) Tracked winner after 2nd, not fluent 9th, hit 3 out, 3 lengths down in clear 2nd when blundered last, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 3, 11l behind Seedless (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chs (4) sft in Aug.
Bocciani (GER) 5-1 (11-5) Slowly away, behind, hit 4th, headway into mid-division 9th, hit 12th, chased leaders 4 out, kept on same pace in 4th from next, no impression, 4th of 10, 7l behind Lively Baron (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 17-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 3 out, headed next, weakened last, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Lucky Sunny (10-13) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Moulin de La Croix 10-11fav (11-8) Made all, took keen hold, quickened clear before 2 out, eased heavily flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft beating Knapp Bridge Boy (10-1) by 15l, 4 ran.
Carrietau 33-1 (10-10) Sweating, led until 12th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Nodforms Violet (11-5) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Prosecco (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Held up, mistake 4th, jumped slowly next and 7th, headway approaching 3 out, beaten after 2 out, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 21l behind The Thirsty Bricky (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Apr.
Storm Surge (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Led, mistake 5th, headed approaching 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind The Thirsty Bricky (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Apr.