Previous winners Cabimas and Ivan Vasilevich were both beaten last time and face no easy task under a penalty. Mad George only beat two rivals in a Plumpton bumper in October but five-times Flat winner Whodathought showed promise on his hurdling debut at Towcester in June and should improve. Fellow Flat winner Yes Chef could also be interesting and Twentyfourcarat was only beaten a neck over 2m5f at Kempton in October. But AMERICAN LEGEND showed enough on his racecourse debut at Uttoxeter last month to suggest a race like this should be within his compass and he'll know more today.
Cabimas 8-11fav (11-2) Prominent, went 2nd 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Ahyaknowyerself (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) hvy in Jul.
Ivan Vasilevich (IRE) 7-4 (11-3) Disputed lead, mistake 5th, driven and headed after 3 out, no chance with easy winner in clear 2nd before next, 2nd of 7, 18l behind Harvey's Hope (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Clearance Ahead (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, driven along and no extra after halfway, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Maxim Gorky (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Jun, 19 ran.
Dushy Valley (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always behind, pushed along after 3rd, never a factor, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Fear Glic (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Lisahane Bog 12-1 (10-11) Always behind, reminders and struggling after 6th, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Peadar Miguel (10-4) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun '11.
Mad George (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Close up in 3rd, pushed along 3f out, effort to lead over 1f out, ridden out, won at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct beating Finnegan Paddy (11-0) by 3/4l, 3 ran.
Mohawk Trail (IRE) 80-1 (10-10) In rear, mistake 1st, tailed off 5th, 11th of 12, well behind Max Milano (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gs.
The Game Is A Foot (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Behind, headway into mid-division on outside before 4th, outpaced 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 12, 14l behind Piment D'estruval (10-7) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Twentyfourcarat (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went prominent 3rd, led before next, headed 9th, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Top Smart (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May.
Violets Boy (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, challenged 6th, every chance 2 out, soon ridden, 3rd and one pace approaching last, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Mulligan's Man (11-0) at Southwell 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Yes Chef 20-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden inside final 3f, soon beaten, 10th of 15, 19l behind Arashi (8-12) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul (flat).
American Legend (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Mid-division, outpaced 7th, 5th and ridden before 3 out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd next, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Vintage Tea (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (4) gs in Jul.
Whodathought (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway 3 out, went 3rd when mistake 2 out, no chance with leaders, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Clowance House (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jun.
Dandyvic (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3 out, eased, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Special Account (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jun.