SERGEANT PINK has proved a good servant to the Sayer operation and added to an already healthy winning account this month with Flat successes at Carlisle and Newcastle in the space of four days. He also enjoys a good record around here and should be spot-on after his recent sorties on the level. Drumlang is respected but a 7lb penalty for a recent Worcester win may prevent a follow-up victory as this looks tougher whilst Bless The Wings has started to inhabit a more viable mark despite still being required to concede weight all round. The main danger looks to be the in-form course and distance winner Bracken House, but this is a contest where a decent case can be made for all contenders.
Bless The Wings (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, soon ridden to challenge, weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, 10l behind His Excellency (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jul.
Sean Airgead (IRE) 9-2fav (11-12) In rear, some progress and ridden from 3 out, kept on one paced straight, 5th of 11, 17l behind He Is Top Class (10-6) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-102.
Bracken House (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 7th, went 2nd 3 out, led approaching last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul beating Addiction (11-1) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Drumlang (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway before 6th, hampered next, challenged 2 out, led flat, hung left, stayed on, in command close home, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf beating Kyles Faith (10-4) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Qoubilai (FR) 12-1 (10-11) Mid-division, fell 4th, in a race won by Book'em Danno (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun, 11 ran.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th until before 7th, pushed along and weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Teenage Dream (10-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Violets Boy (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway and effort 3 out, went 2nd last, ridden and ran on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Sedgemoor Express (11-1) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jul.
The Society Man (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 6 out, mistake 5 out, not fluent 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Ainsi Fideles (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (3) gd.