Always Archie was raised 6lb for finishing second on his penultimate start and came up short again at Ffos Las last time. SHANTOU TIGER is preferred as he scored at Uttoxeter by four lengths and a conditional's allowance negates a penalty. Donald McCain's charge gets the vote given the remainder arrive in woeful form though Boher Lad is making his debut under Rules after a fourth in a point-to-point.
Always Archie 5-4 (11-5) Led, headed after 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on and no impression with winner, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Henllan Harri (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Shantou Tiger (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Led until before 4th, mistake next, led again 9th, ridden before 3 out, pressed when not fluent 2 out, stayed on gamely, won at Uttoxeter 3m mdn hdl (4) gs in May beating Dakar Run (11-0) by 4l, 7 ran.
Boher Lad (IRE) 6-1 (12-2) Pr, 5th 1/2way, left mod 4th & hmprd 3out, no dngr to ldrs but ko same pce to line from 2out, 4th of 15, 17l behind Marmaladeskies (12-2) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gs in May.
Cloggy Powell (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Alderbrook Lad (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Highland Cathedral 18-1 (10-7) Led, headed after 2nd, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, well behind Pumped Up Kicks (11-8) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
My Mate Paddy 100-1 (10-12) Loose briefly in paddock, towards rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Alderbrook Lad (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 9 ran.