Tim Pitt's Dark Ranger won well when successful at in a Ripon seller on his latest start at the end of August and he has to be respected first time out over hurdles but faces no easy task, while Neil King's Keep Talking has shown ability in bumpers and has to be considered on his first run over timber. Lucy's Perfect was nothing out of the ordinary on the flat but any market support for David Pipe's filly would be of interest, although it is hard to get away from SIRCOZY. Gary Moore's gelding was capable on the flat and made a decent start to his hurdling career when landing a maiden hurdle over course and distance in August and he can win again.
Sircozy (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, challenged after 2 out, led soon after last, edged right, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Get It On (11-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Citrus Mark 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, not much room on rail on bend 5f out, pushed along 4f out, soon struggling, 10th of 11, 48l behind Oscar Whisky (11-7) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) sft in Nov.
Dark Ranger 8-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, headway on inside and switched left over 3f out, chased leaders inside final 2f, driven and stayed on inside final furlong to lead near line, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (5) gd in Aug beating Chantilly Pearl (9-7) by hd, 11 ran (flat).
Dashing Patriarch 7-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, pulled way up to join leader halfway, led on outside 3f out, hung badly left well over 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Kings Riches (10-13) at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in May.
Keep Talking (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, went 2nd from 6th, in 3rd and challenging when blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 22l behind Vincitore (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Madman (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off 5th, 10th of 13, well behind Drill Sergeant (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Sail And Return 40-1 (10-7) Keen, in touch, ridden and hung right when fell 2 out, in a race won by Makhzoon (10-12) at Leicester 2m 4yo nov stks (4) hvy in Dec, 13 ran.
Between Dreams 66-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, fell 4th, in a race won by Shoegazer (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr, 17 ran.
Cherokee Story 40-1 (10-5) In touch, driven and outpaced over 4f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, well behind Lesanda (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f N H flat (6) sft in Jan.
Lindsay's Dream 40-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, took keen hold, went 3rd 4th, chased winner 7th, dived at 3 out, no impression when lost 2nd last, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 11l behind Tiermore (10-5) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Lucy's Perfect 16-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 15, 23l behind Dark Ranger (8-13) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (6) gd in Jun (flat).
Welcome Wonder 200-1 (10-0) Always well behind, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Hilfiger (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (3) gf in Jun.