CHANGING THE GUARD was taking on much better company when third at Bangor last time. These are a modest bunch and Richard Newland's six-year-old, who was at his best on good to firm on the Flat, may be good enough to defy top weight. Farleigh House was nearest at the finish when third at Stratford and could also get outpaced on the sharp track but Dormouse would have a chance on his best form while Rampant Ronnie won this last year, though has been woefully out of form lately. Jawhary won at Towcester in May but has gone backwards since.
Changing The Guard 3-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, prominent, led approaching 3rd, blundered and headed 3 out, no extra from 2 out, 3rd of 5, 8l behind First In The Queue (10-11) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd.
Farleigh House (USA) 16-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, kept on to take 3rd run-in, no chance with winner, 3rd of 10, 20l behind Laudatory (11-3) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Dormouse 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, one pace and disputed 3rd last, no extra, 4th of 7, 14l behind Marie Des Anges (10-12) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jul.
Schumpters Lad (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in touch, not fluent 3rd, led 3 out, headed after 2 out, bumped before last, weakened flat, 5th of 16, 21l behind The Lemonpie (10-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Brunston 11-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out, blunderd next, 8th of 14, 36l behind Fashionable Gal (10-8) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jul.
Rampant Ronnie (USA) 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 5th, weakened before next, 8th of 10, 46l behind Hes Our Lad (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Spiritual Art 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, lost place 5th, well beaten after next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Illysantachristina (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Jawhary 4-1 (11-12) Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 9th of 11, 49l behind Amazingreyce (9-7) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Benefit Evening (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, no extra from before 3 out, 12th of 16, 25l behind Jack The Hat (10-10) at Wexford 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jul.
Rigid 8-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, outpaced between last 2, stayed on to take 3rd last, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 9, 13l behind Forty Thirty (11-5) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Arkaim 18-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 7, 16l behind Fleet Dawn (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.