A tight left-handed track and genuinely good ground bring out the best in HISTOIRE DE MOEURS and Peter Bowen's charge gets our vote ahead of Percussionist, King Daniel and Quicuyo. Peter Bowen traditionally has his hurdlers in good form in September but he had a quiet month and will be hoping for a better October. The selection has a tongue-tie on for the first time today but should be more at home on this better ground. Her best runs have come on left-handed tracks and the mare may prove hard to beat. There are several feasible opponents, perhaps most notably Tranos who has been given a break since his last run but he drops in class today and must be considered a major player with the ground to suit. Percussionist is a talented individual and looks to have a good season ahead of him, whilst Cast Iron Casey and Quicuyo give Peter Monteith a strong hand at a track where he has had plenty of success in the past. Regent's Secret, Border Tale and Day To Remember are all capable on their day, whilst King Daniel is well-treated compared to his rating over fences. Front Rank represents last years winner Dianne Sayer and has the cheek-pieces back on today (never won in them), but we prefer the claims of Histoire De Moeurs.
Quicuyo (GER) 11-4 (11-1) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led 4th, headed 2 out, one pace approaching last, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Lazy Darren (11-3) at Perth 2m nov hdl (3) gs in Apr.
King Daniel 7-2 (11-7) Held up in touch, effort 10th, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 8, 23l behind Snoopy Loopy (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Apr.
Act Sirius (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Always behind, ridden and beaten from 4 out, last of 6, well behind La Vecchia Scuola (11-1) at Ayr 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) gd in Apr.
Percussionist (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, lost place when not fluent 3rd, no danger after, 10th of 16, 22l behind Pilca (10-1) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Feb.
Tranos (USA) 16-1 (10-4) Led, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 41l behind Katies Tuitor (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f lst hcp hdl (1) sft in Jul.
Day To Remember 7-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on from last, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Irish Legend (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Sept.
Regent's Secret (USA) 11-2 (11-1) Mid-division, driven and headway after 3 out, ridden next, stayed on flat, took 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Baguenaud (11-0) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Sept.
Front Rank (IRE) 17-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, outpaced 4 out, ridden next, kept on under pressure from last, no impression, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Los Nadis (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Aug.
Histoire De Moeurs (FR) 5-2 (11-5) Led to 4th, chased leader, travelled well, found nothing, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Flying Grey (11-6) at N Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Aug.
Cast Iron Casey (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led, hit 4 out, ridden approaching 2 out, soon headed, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Tranos (11-8) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Border Tale 16-1 (10-11) Led to 3rd, tracked leader, outpaced 3 out, kept on under pressure from next, no impression, 4th of 10, 10l behind Baguenaud (11-0) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Sept.
Hapthor 16-1 (11-0) Held up, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Bauhaus (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Stormy Beech 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened halfway and pulled up at the last in race won by Hawksbury Heights (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f sll hdl (5) gd in Sept, 13 ran.