There is a strong Irish challenge for this opening seller with James Lambe represented by both Hawksbury Heights and Inner Voice and Ronald O'Leary saddling the lightly raced Not Til Monday and all three have to be considered but it is hard to get away from TOTOMAN. Tim Vaughan's gelding won a novices' hurdle at Bangor in July and was disputing a close second before falling three out at Uttoxeter on his most recent start last month; if his jumping holds up, the son of Mtoto can resume winning ways. Market Rasen winner Liberty Seeker is likely to struggle under his penalty, while Richard Guest's Yossi has not been running well in recent outings on the level.
Liberty Seeker (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Held up in last trio, effort to chase leaders 2 out, soon ridden, 4th when hit last, kept on flat, no impression, 4th of 8, 5l behind Topenhall (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Totoman 5-1 (11-5) Prominent, 3 lenghts down in 3rd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Calon Crwbin (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 13 ran.
Yossi (IRE) 85-40 (11-4) With leader, led 4th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, no extra from last, 2nd of 6, 15l behind Brandy Butter (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Bulas Boy 14-1 (10-0) Pulled hard in mid-division, weakened top of straight over 3f out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Hi Dancer (11-3) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Devilfishpoker Com 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, well behind Auberge (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Aug.
Hawksbury Heights 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th when reminders after 4th, 3rd under pressure after 3 out, 4th and one pace from last, 4th of 14, 12l behind Mountain Heather (11-8) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Aug.
Holiday Cocktail 7-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced after 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, never on terms, 5th of 8, 8l behind Topenhall (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Inner Voice (USA) 7-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, headway 2 out, no impression on extended flat, 4th of 11, 18l behind Winged Farasi (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Its Bobkat (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) With leader, tracked leaders after 3rd, weakened 8th, blundered 2 out, 10th of 13, well behind Oscar Honey (11-1) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Maree Prince (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, mistake 9th, well beaten approaching 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Noun De La Thinte (10-4) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) sft in Dec.
Media Stars 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders until lost place 6th, struggling in 6th 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Dereks (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f nov sell hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Not Til Monday (IRE) 7-2fav (10-12) Soon tracked leaders, mistake in 4th 3 out, closer in 3rd approaching 2 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before straight, 3rd of 15, 14l behind Golan Go (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Aug '09.