BRIMHAM BOY scored off a higher mark at Hereford back in May and found only one too good at Newton Abbot last time. He's preferred to Neverownup, well beaten at Southwell on his latest outing despite finishing second. Crescent Beach made the frame on a couple of occasions last month but over shorter trips and Farmer Frank makes more appeal having slipped down the weights and finishing closer under today's conditional jockey last time. Morestead has the past form to figure but arrives out of sorts.
Ajzal (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, bumped 5th, soon lost place, well behind 9th, tailed off and pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Reginaldinho (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
Morestead (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Chased leaders in 4th, challenged and jumped slowly 4th, went 3rd 6th, hampered next, jumped slowly and dropped to last next, went poor 4th in closing stages, tailed off, 4th of 6, 47l behind Safe Investment (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Brimham Boy 14-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 6th, not fluent 11th, soon headed, led again 4 out, headed before last, one pace, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Maid Of Silk (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Neverownup (IRE) 18-1 (10-9) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, led 4th, clear before 6th, reduced lead before 13th, headed 4 out, soon struggling, led poor 2nd and slightly hampered 2 out, 2nd of 6, 26l behind According To Trev (11-0) at Southwell 3m beg chase (4) gd in Aug.
Crescent Beach (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, jumped left 2nd and when not fluent 3rd, switched left and closed next, lost place before 6th, ridden to close again next, outpaced in 3rd before 2 out, plugged on same pace, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Julie Prince (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Aug.
Farmer Frank 12-1 (10-6) In touch, headway to 3rd at 15th, went 2nd after 4 out, driven before next, challenging when mistake 2 out, soon no extra, held before last, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Robobar (11-11) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Darnborough (IRE) 5-1 (10-4) Jumped right, chased leaders, hit 6th and reminders, lost place from next, weakened after 9th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Cap Elorn (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Dark Oasis 16-1 (9-13) Led until after 2nd, prominent until after 5th, 7th of 8, 35l behind Mount Vesuvius (11-2) at Stratford 2m 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Aug.
Knock Boy (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Led, mistake stumbled and headed 6th, lost place and dropped to rear, not run on after 7th, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Blue Hills (9-11) at Plumpton 2m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Apr '12.