Pete attempts to repeat last year's win off a 10lb higher mark but may be worth opposing this time. TOP CHIEF won at Kilbeggan last month and, though disappointing last time at Perth, has plenty in his favour here not least the good recent form of his stable. Dipity Doo Dah was second again at Ffos Las on Thursday while Stand Clear and Sendiym would have claims on their best form. Royal Defence has been running on the Flat and could also play a part if a first-time visor has the desired effect.
Pete 14-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway tracking leaders 2 out, pushed along in 4th on long run to last, went 3rd before last, ridden flat, lost 3rd flat, dropped to 5th post, 5th of 11, 33l behind Makellys Blackpool (9-11) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Top Chief 11-4fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, lost place 8th, 5th of 8, 41l behind Los Nadis (10-4) at Perth 3m amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Royal Defence (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division on inside, 6th and outpaced when not fluent 5th, weakened next, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Proud Times (11-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Stand Clear 16-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, modest headway 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, 8th of 16, 31l behind Galley Slave (9-13) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Highland Cathedral 28-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Book Of Excuses (11-5) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Oxalido (FR) 14-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 7th of 13, 12l behind Boss Croaker (10-9) at Fairyhouse 3m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Nov.
Dipity Doo Dah 8-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, ridden before 3 out, headway before 2 out, chased winner run-in, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Chill Factor (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Zafaraban (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, mistake 3rd, not fluent and lost place 7th, weakened 4 out, tailed off when refused next, in a race won by The Wee Midget (10-7) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 7 ran.
Sendiym (FR) 8-1 (10-6) Led until after 1st, chased leader, led again 5th until driven approaching 2 out, pushed along on long run to last, weakened last, 6th of 15, 10l behind Early Applause (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Tantalized 10-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 5 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 7l behind Moyne Nineoseven (11-6) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Drummers Drumming (USA) 20-1 (10-4) Soon well in rear, tailed off 5th and pulled up soon after, in a race won by Early Applause (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul, 15 ran.
Bollin Sam 33-1 (9-13) Towards rear, reminders after 4th, soon weakened, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Money Money Money (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Raifteiri (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led after 6th, headed after 3 out, lost place next, 7th of 8, 19l behind One For Hocky (10-6) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.