Pure Style made a winning start under Rules at Stratford last month and Kielan Woods' claim takes care of most of his penalty. He has to go close again while there is probably more to come from Uttoxeter third Wet Wet. Celtic Legacy was second on her debut at Southwell but failed to build on that in two subsequent starts while Four Wives may need more time. Like Pure Style, Standintheband and TICK TOCKER are converts from point-to-points, the latter winning by three lengths at Dromahane in May. He's setting off down a well-worn route for Donald McCain and can land this. Empiracle is an interesting newcomer and may be best of the rest.
Pure Style (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Held up in touch, went 2nd 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on, won at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gs in Sep beating The Road Ahead (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Battledancer 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, weakened before 4f out, 14th of 15, well behind Ifandbutwhynot (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Billybackrow Kayf Tara gelding out of Con's Nurse.
D'Argent Cloud 33-1 (10-8) In rear, ran green, lost touch over 5f out, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Up To Something (11-1) at Newbury 2m NH flat (2) gs in Mar.
Empiracle (IRE) Kris Kin gelding out of Mogul Shine.
Generous John 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway over 6f out, weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 10, 29l behind Killala Quay (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Standintheband (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Superior Dawn.
Tick Tocker (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Chsd ldrs in 3rd/4th until 7th aftr 6out, prog bef 3out & 3rd bef 2out, ld bef last, driven out & row, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May beating Internationalapeal (11-7) by 3l, 11 ran.
Wet Wet 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Josh Deets (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Celtic Legacy 14-1 (10-12) Prominent, pushed along over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 19l behind Miss Lilly Lewis (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) gd in Sep.
Four Wives (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, well off the pace, poor 6th approaching 4f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 29l behind Josie S And B (11-2) at Roscommon 2m N H flat in Sep.
Ghost Opera Librettist filly out of Materialize.