HAWKSBURY HEIGHTS was good value for his win in a similarly poor contest at Sedgefield on Tuesday and James Lambe's gelding can follow up here and defy the penalty, getting the vote over Nevsky Bridge and Overnight. The last mentioned also comes here on the back of a win last time having landed a claiming hurdle at Perth in July; he has to be respected but may have to settle for minor honours. Spivitus ran better at Sedgefield last time but may not appreciate the drop down in trip, while Sorrento Moon was no better than plating class on the level and makes limited appeal first time out over hurdles. Martin Todhunter's Nevsky Bridge has shown a consistent level of form and is entitled to be thereabouts but it is hard to get away from Hawksbury Heights, who gets the vote.
Hawksbury Heights 5-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, headway under pressure before next, led approaching last, stayed on strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f sll hdl (5) gd in Sept beating Palace Walk (10-12) by 5l, 13 ran.
Lindseyfield Lodge (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) Held up, blundered and unseated rider in race won by Orpen Wide (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m nov chs (4) gf in Sept, 12 ran.
Moyne Pleasure (IRE) 17-2 (9-10) In touch, hit 5th, outpaced after 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure flat, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Kinfayre Boy (9-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f sll hcp hdl (5) gf in Jun.
Overnight 11-1 (10-3) Mid-division, headway to lead after 3 out, 5 lengths clear last, soon ridden, held on towards finish, won at Perth 2m clm hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Bolton Hall (10-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Spivitus 125-1 (10-12) Held up, headway after 3 out, went 3rd after last, soon edged badly left, stayed on, 3rd of 14, 33l behind Supreme Being (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gf in Sept.
Amjad 40-1 (10-5) Towards rear, outpaced 3 out, kept on one pace from 2 out, 4th of 13, 37l behind Hawksbury Heights (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f sll hdl (5) gd in Sept.
Bramantino (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Towards rear, never dangerous, 9th of 13, well behind Hawksbury Heights (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f sll hdl (5) gd in Sept.
Delta Lady 40-1 (10-12) Led, headed 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 12, 32l behind Allez Frank (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Aug '07.
Mistral De La Cour (FR) 22-1 (10-8) Held up well in rear, mistake, reminders 6th, behind when mistake 9th, 11th of 16, well behind Royal China (10-11) at Southwell 2m 5f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Aug.
Skye But N Ben 20-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, midfield, not fluent 5th, weakening when hit 3 out, 7th of 16, 21l behind Rawaabet (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Sept.
Miss Champagne (IRE) 17-2 (10-0) Held up behind, headway 4 out, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 9l behind Moon Melody (10-9) at Cartmel 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Aug.
Nevsky Bridge 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, effort and every chance approaching 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, 4th of 8, 32l behind Nicki Boy (10-12) at Perth 2m clm hdl (5) gs in Sept.
Sorrento Moon (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden along over 4f, one pace final 2f, 5th of 11, 14l behind Pondapie (8-8) at Beverley 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) sft in Sept (Flat).