Dr Dalwhinny is not a leading light of the McCain team but has contested well on most starts and his recent Worcester runner-up performance when outbattled close home rates the best form on show. However, he faces an interesting newcomer in the shape of AUTUN, a former Juddmonte performer who won on the Flat for both Sir Henry and Lady Cecil. He was withdrawn at Market Rasen on Saturday on his intended debut presumably on account of the softened ground but could have too much class for this field first time up if conditions remain good. Perennial has shown sufficient in two hurdling starts to be a possible whilst May's Boy has been consistent enough to date to harbour each-way claims for his local yard after finishing runner-up to Zip Wire here last time.
Birthday Guest (GER) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, some headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, well behind Sweet Deal (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Dr Dalwhinny 8-1 (11-0) Led until 3rd, led again when not fluent 5th, edged right after 3 out, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Gurkha Brave (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Fa'side Castle (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up behind in touch, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Goldie Horn (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hdl (4) gd in Jun, 5 ran.
Factor Fifty (IRE) 15-2 (11-1) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 2 out, soon pushed along, one pace, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Tikkandemickey (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Hail The Brave (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden after 2 out, went remote 4th last, no chance with leaders, 4th of 9, 29l behind Lyric Street (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
May's Boy 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, wandered approaching 2nd, ridden between last 2, went 2nd last, ridden and kept on flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Zip Wire (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Perennial 10-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, no extra last, 3rd of 12, 19l behind Sweet Deal (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Sharp Rise (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Led, headed narrowly 2 out, riden before last, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 9l behind The Banastoir (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Autun (USA) 13-2 (8-11) Slow into stride, always in rear, last of 10, 24l behind Off The Pulse (8-8) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in May (flat).
Diddy Eric 13-2 (10-7) Held up in touch and keen, quickly lost place from 4th, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Hi Candy (10-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug, 7 ran.