Most of the leading contenders are looking to overcome a recent hike in the weights. AALIM may have the best chance of doing so as Jack Quinlan's allowance will help him defy a 5lb rise for winning at Worcester. George Fernbeck has a tougher task raised 15lb for his victory at Hexham while Playhara attempts a five-timer off a 10lb higher mark. Bell Weir and Maybe I Wont have a shout on their recent form and make more appeal than the returning Goldan Jess.
Aalim 13-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, lost place 7th, closed 2 out, veered left and led last, driven clear final 150 yards, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf beating Massannie (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Malin Bay (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, some headway from 8th, never on terms, no impression 2 out, 8th of 12, 5l behind Bob Keown (10-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Made all, ridden after last, kept on well, won at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug beating Teak (10-8) by 4l, 9 ran.
Clues And Arrows (IRE) 7-4fav (12-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace (all three hurdles in straight were omitted), 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Masterofdeception (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
George Fernbeck 3-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, headway and close up 5th, led before 7th, drew clear 2 out, stayed on well, eased flat, comfortably, won at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Five Rivers (10-1) by 16l, 8 ran.
Bell Weir 8-1 (10-3) Held up in 4th, tracked leaders when not fluent 2 out, squeezed through on inside to lead between last 2, ridden and kept on flat, won at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun beating Aalim (10-11) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.
Playhara (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, niggled along before 3 out, led when hit 2 out, clear from last, stayed on well, won at Aintree 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating The Road Ahead (11-2) by 7l, 6 ran.
Get Home Now 8-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, weakening when fell 3 out, in a race won by Vulcanite (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf in Jun, 13 ran.
Maybe I Wont 20-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, stayed on from home turn, went 2nd close home, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Any Given Day (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Embsay Crag 15-8fav (10-8) Held up in touch, chased winner 9th, challenging when mistake 3 out, soon ridden, every chance flat, just held close home, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Zaru (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Master Of The Hall (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up in last pair, good headway tracking leaders after 3 out, pushed along and went 3rd approaching 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Scotsbrook Cloud (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.