The consistent QUADDICK LAKE has the best form coming into this. Placed once again at Taunton last month, today's soft ground is not ideal but he may get away with it given the paucity of the opposition. Jive Master was runner-up at Exeter last time and though that was back in April he's still preferred to Blue Blooded and Shropshirelass, both well beaten in more recent outings. Murcar ran well enough on his return to action at Ffos Las before fading badly in the closing stages and better is expected here.
Jive Master (IRE) Evensfav (11-6) Tracked leaders, led 5 out, strongly challenged 2 out, headed last, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Ugo (10-2) at Exeter 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Dashing Ruby (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Prominent, disputed lead 7th, headed next, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bruff (10-6) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-109) sft in Sep, 15 ran.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, good headway to 3rd approaching 2 out, stayed on to 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Stars Du Granits (11-7) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Murcar 33-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, ridden after 2 out, never dangerous, 13th of 15, well behind American Legend (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Torran Sound 12-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway 8th, one pace before 3 out, weakened next, 9th of 10, 44l behind Velator (11-6) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Blue Blooded 11-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, never involved, 6th of 10, 40l behind Boomtown (9-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Shropshirelass 22-1 (9-9) Held up in last, hit 7th, not fluent next, soon behind, tailed off 9th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Misstree Dancer (11-4) at Hereford 2m 5f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs, 5 ran.