DEAR MAURICE only weakened in the closing stages when fourth at Huntingdon 10 days ago. That was his best effort to date and, dropped in grade here, he could be the one to beat as this sharp track won't tax his suspect stamina. Murfreesboro seems to reserve his best for Cartmel but was second in a novices' handicap at Bangor last time, albeit beaten 12 lengths. Pobs Trophy had stablemate Catawollow behind when third at Towcester but needs further than this, while Castle Myth has shown nothing over hurdles so far.
Dear Maurice 16-1 (10-0) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd, led and not fluent 3 out, headed and hit last, no extra towards finish, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Tayarat (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Castle Myth (USA) 33-1 (10-4) Chased leader, led 2nd, mistake 4th, ridden and headed 8th, weakened and mistake 4 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Mr Muddle (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Nesno (USA) 25-1 (10-11) Close up, led and hit 3rd, ridden and hit 3 out, weakened run-in, 6th of 11, 13l behind Endeavor (10-1) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Pobs Trophy 9-2 (11-4) Led until 5th, left in lead next, headed after 3 out, mistake and weakened next, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Highland River (10-13) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) fm.
Catawollow 14-1 (11-9) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 34l behind Highland River (10-13) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) fm.
Murfreesboro 15-8fav (10-0) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway on inside after 4 out, went clear 2nd after next, driven and kept on same pace from 2 out, no chance with winner when mistake last, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Argaum (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Always De One 20-1 (10-5) Raced wide, in touch, driven and outpaced before 5th, never on terms after, 7th of 9, 20l behind Zelos Diktator (11-5) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Poor Prince 16-1 (10-4) Held up, closed after 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, last of 6, 40l behind Coolagad Wonder (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
No Choice (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, not always fluent and tendency to jump right, struggling after 3rd, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Elsafeer (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd.
Night Reveller (IRE) 200-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, reminders approaching 7th, soon weakened, 4th of 6, well behind Diamond Frontier (11-2) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (4) sft in Apr '10.