PETE was always travelling nicely and gained an impressive victory over hurdles here on Saturday. His jumping has let him down over fences in the past but his confidence should have been restored and he can complete a quick double. The Paddy Premium defied his advancing years with a comfortable all-the-way success at Perth and will take some catching despite a 5lb rise while Soul Magic loves it around here and won this a year ago and is still very well handicapped despite his latest success last month when Sendiym was a long way behind. Finch Flyer has yet to reach a place in seven starts over fences.
The Paddy Premium (IRE) 2-1 (10-8) Made all, pushed along when pressed 3 out, clear 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Jul beating Endeavor (11-12) by 8l, 3 ran.
Soul Magic (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, led before home turn, stayed on gamely, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul beating Peak Seasons (10-11) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Pete 12-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, went 3rd going well 3 out, challenged next, led last, ridden out towards finish, idled close home, won at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Flying Doctor (11-4) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Sendiym (FR) 11-4 (10-8) Tracked leader from 2nd, challenging when not fluent 7th or 8th, hampered 2 out, weakened after home turn, 4th of 7, 19l behind Soul Magic (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden after 9th, losing place when mistake 4 out, weakened next, mistake 2 out, 5th of 7, 41l behind Cap Elorn (11-4) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jul.