Scotsbrook Cloud looks a shadow of his former self but Skint is still capable of decent form when in the mood. Bedouin Bay is on a hat-trick after wins at Newton Abbot and Worcester while Taste The Wine finished ahead of stablemate Captain Sharpe on the Flat at Chepstow last week and can come out on top again. SEDGEMOOR EXPRESS won off today's mark over fences at Uttoxeter last week and can complete a quick double as he'd been in decent form over the smaller obstacles earlier. Vermouth Bleu is preferred to the returning Cardigan Island and Wester Ross of the others.
Scotsbrook Cloud 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division, hampered 3rd, outpaced 4 out, weakened from next, 9th of 13, 43l behind First Avenue (11-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Skint 8-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, ridden 5 out, never on terms, well beaten 4 out, 6th of 10, 30l behind Zarzal (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in May.
Vermouth Bleu (FR) 14-1 (11-2) Held up, pushed along and struggling in 6th after 4th (normal 4 out), 6th of 12, 50l behind Vinnie My Boy (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in May.
Cardigan Island (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, headway before 6th, no impression from 4 out, 8th of 13, 50l behind Minella For Steak (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Bedouin Bay 4-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, soon tracking leaders and going well, switched left before 2 out, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in May beating Who Am I (10-6) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Wester Ross (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Tracked leader until 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Easily Pleased (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Sedgemoor Express (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 10th, challenging when hit 4 out, led flat, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Etania (10-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Taste The Wine (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, under pressure 4 out, never on terms, last of 5, 9l behind Lac Sacre (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Captain Sharpe 7-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, outpaced 4 out, rallied 2 out, pressed winner after last, just failed, 2nd of 5, hd behind Lac Sacre (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May.