Lightly-raced winning pointer Miss Kalifa is interesting on her debut under NH Rules, while Viviani ran well when third under a big weight in a handicap at Worcester. Inner Steel is more exposed but can't be ignored on his best form and Doctor Ric can only improve on his second over a shorter trip here last month. COCK OF THE ROCK made the useful Escudero pull out all the stops on his hurdles bow over 3m at Worcester last time, however, and should take this if stepping up just slightly on that effort.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged approaching 5th, led 3 out, driven and headed last, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Escudero (11-5) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Doctor Ric (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased leaders 3 out, soon ridden to challenge, stayed on well after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 14l behind Kack Handed (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Indared 125-1 (10-10) Pulled hard, led 3rd, headed before next, chasing leaders when fell 5th, in a race won by Shammy Buskins (10-12) at Worcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug, 9 ran.
Inner Steel (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leader until 2nd, stayed in 3rd, went 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, no impression before 2 out, mistake last, 2nd of 8, 18l behind Teenage Kicks (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, jumped right 1st, struggling in 4th from 3 out, well beaten when jumped right 2 out, 4th of 13, 50l behind Manger Hanagment (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Manolete (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, led after 1f, headed 7f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Rysbrack (11-2) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Viviani (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 2nd, headway approaching last, stayed on flat, went 3rd last strides, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Bolanderi (10-2) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Miss Kalifa (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Ww, gd prog 3out, qckn well to ld aftr 2out, ko, won at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp gd in Jun beating Garranlea Maree (11-7) by 6l, 10 ran.