Badb Catha and veteran Rifleman are both a long way out of the weights proper in this. Kayalar has climbed the weights, despite not winning, but Milly Malone wasn't beaten far off today's mark at Worcester last month and a market move for the returning It Is What It Is would be interesting. The recent form figures of both Dungeness and VON GALEN should have the alarm bells ringing but the pair look fairly treated on their best form. This is a stiff track and that will suit the latter, who should go close if the fences don't get in the way.
Kayalar (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, headway 9th, not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Moorlands Jack (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Dungeness 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division on outside, pushed along after 13th, blundered and weakened next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Moss Grove (11-1) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 16 ran.
It Is What It Is (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders before 10th, chased before last, one pace, 2nd of 15, 2 3/4l behind Be My Deputy (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Feb '13.
Von Galen (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Always in rear, reminders before 9th, lost touch and pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Knight Woodsman (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 9 ran.
Milly Malone (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Held up behind, ridden and outpaced after 8th, headway under pressure before 4 out, went 3rd next, ridden and stayed on flat, not reach front pair, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Gorteenwood (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Badb Catha (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 36l behind Typhon De Guye (11-9) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Rifleman (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden 11th, lost place 4 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 13, 46l behind Uncle Pettit (10-3) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.