Neither Gulf Of Aqaba nor Oscar Sierra make much appeal in this but the others all have reasonable claims. Sansili is chasing a hat-trick after wins at Uttoxeter and Stratford but has plenty of weight for a four-year-old, while Stonethrower's best form is over further. Seedless shrugged off a lengthy absence to score at Bangor last month, however, and is open to improvement. But the one to beat looks to be BIG ROBERT, who won a handicap by 10 lengths over C&D in April and has been holding his own in decent company since. He is well treated at the weights today.
Stonethrower (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led, sometimes jumped right, ridden and headed after 7th, 3rd and beaten 2 out, weakening when blundered last, 3rd of 6, 25l behind Conellie (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Sansili 7-4fav (9-13) Chased leader, every chance 3 out, led before next, soon clear, kept on well, won at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Jul beating Teshali (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Big Robert 11-4 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, went 3rd after 4 out, ridden before 2 out, chased winner last, kept on, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Vinomore (10-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Gulf Of Aqaba (USA) 14-1 (11-5) Held up behind, weakened 4 out, tailed off when pulled up after next, in a race won by Sail And Return (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar, 14 ran.
Oscar Sierra (IRE) 125-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, weakened 2 out, 8th of 13, 39l behind Geneva Geyser (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Seedless 20-1 (10-10) Held up behind, headway on inside 4 out, led last, ridden and stayed on flat, won at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Jul beating Yvonne Evelyn (11-3) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.