Malin Bay is up 8lb for his recent victory at Perth and steps up a grade along with Lord Grantham, who arrives on the back of a double at Ffos Las. Lava Lamp failed to cope with a 12lb hike in the weights when well beaten at the same track but Scotswell should be thereabouts off his current mark. Church Field faces a much tougher task after recording a hat-trick in May while Taigan is doubly engaged with an entry at Market Rasen today. TORNADO BOB took advantage of a slide down the weights to score at Worcester last time and now back to something like his best is fancied to go in again.
Tornado Bob (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Made all, soon clear, ridden and pressed before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jun beating Mister Dillon (11-11) by 4l, 10 ran.
Awaywiththegreys (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, well behind Bold Chief (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd.
Malin Bay (IRE) 10-3fav (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd after 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last, clear and kept on well flat, eased close home, won at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf beating Call Box (11-3) by 4l, 9 ran.
Lord Grantham (IRE) 11-8fav (11-9) Prominent, led 6th, headed 4 out, effort between last 2, upsides when left 8 lengths clear last, unchallenged after, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun beating Our Maimie (10-5) by 6l, 11 ran.
Scotswell 7-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 4th of 10, 11l behind Lava Lamp (9-11) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in May.
Lava Lamp (GER) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders on outside, hit 6th, soon outpaced and behind, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 35l behind Conellie (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Sainglend 100-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, reminders before 6th, weakened from 4 out, 12th of 15, well behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Decoy (FR) 11-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, stayed on from last, nearest at finish, 4th of 13, 15l behind On The Bridge (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Taigan (FR) 9-4fav (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 8th, chased leading pair soon after 3 out, led before next, clear before last, comfortably, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Murcar (11-2) by 6l, 8 ran.
Ministerofinterior 16-1 (10-11) Jumped slowly 1st, towards rear, ridden 5th, never on terms, 8th of 11, 45l behind Emmaslegend (10-11) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun '12.
Maoi Chinn Tire (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd when mistake last, no chance with winner, lost 2nd close home, 4th of 6, 6l behind Solaras Exhibition (11-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf.
Dartford Warbler (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Mid-division on inside, jumped slowly 6th, not fluent 8th, weakened 2 out, 7th of 17, 33l behind Native Gallery (11-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in May '12.
Church Field (IRE) 11-10fav (11-10) Held up in rear, closed into mid-division 2nd, progess to go handy from 7th, led before 2 out, driven flat, eased close home, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May beating Galley Slave (9-7) by 1l, 9 ran.