Bernisdale has been placed on the Flat since her fifth at Uttoxeter and is dropped a grade for this. Mac Le Couteau ran his best race so far at Newton Abbot nine days ago while Prince Pippin was second here in June off a 2lb higher mark. THE OMEN might have gone close at Bangor last time had he not got the last all wrong. Though harshly raised 6lb for that and still a maiden, he might be improving so gets a tentative vote here.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 16, 26l behind Fintan (10-13) at Worcester 2m 4f (5) gf in Jul.
Bernisdale 11-4 (10-11) Led, hit 3rd, mistake and headed 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 6, 33l behind Our Maimie (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Mac Le Couteau 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not always fluent, went 2nd after 3 out, driven to close on winner last, stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Speed Check (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
The Omen 3-1 (9-8) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd after 3 out, soon ridden, effort next, 2 lengths down and staying on in clear 2nd when fell last, in a race won by The Wee Midget (10-7) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 7 ran.
Copper Carroll (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Blundered and rider lost iron briefly 1st, always behind, hampered 5th, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Bold Tara (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul, 13 ran.
River Dancing (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Towards rear, tailed off when pulled up after 6th, in a race won by Osmosia (10-1) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May, 16 ran.