Stakes should probably be kept to a minimum in this as there are question marks hanging over most of the runners. PANTHERS RUN has two ways of running but is only 2lb higher than when winning on heavy ground at Carlisle in March and could take some catching if allowed his own way out in front. Mysterious World hasn't been beaten far in either start since winning at Cartmel in June but has yet to encounter heavy ground while Sammy Spiderman is better over further and, like Vardas Supreme, returns from a break. Top Gigio may also need this while Eliades Run and Dodge The Bullet are modest on what they've shown so far.
Topo Gigio (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Close up, led briefly at 4th, 2nd and ridden after 5 out, weakened from 3 out, trailing when jumped badly left at last, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Muirhead (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs gd in Oct '10.
Sammy Spiderman 7-1 (11-5) Held up, pushed along after 7th, weakened approaching 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, 46l behind Treehouse (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Apr.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and no impression in moderate 3rd after 4 out, no extra from 2 out, weakened run-in, 11th of 14, well behind High Talk (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gd in May.
Mysterious World (IRE) 9-2fav (10-13) Prominent, took keen hold, lost place 8th, rallied last, ran on well flat, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Carleton Place (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Eliades Run (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Behind from 4th, tailed off 11th, pulled up after, in a race won by Bishophill Jack (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Dec, 8 ran.
Panthers Run 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 10th, outpaced before 3 out, stayed on flat, closing on 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Fog Patches (10-10) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
Dodge The Bullet 50-1 (9-9) Towards rear, mistake 3rd and 7th, blundered and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Blazin White Face (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Jul, 7 ran.