My Idea has only managed one place in five previous tries over fences and has a poor strike rate overall. Takaatuf might be improving with experience, however, while Peaks Of Fire won at Sedgefield in March but appears to have gone backwards since. ROYAL RIVIERA makes his debut over the larger obstacles but is sure to have been well schooled and is attractively weighted on his form over hurdles. He may have too much class for recent Sedgefield winner Sendiym, though the bottom weight again ran well over hurdles here last time.
Royal Riviera 17-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, no impression, 6th of 12, 15l behind Emily's Flyer (11-0) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Sep.
My Idea 14-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 9, 14l behind Cool Baranca (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Sep.
Cavite Eta (IRE) 22-1 (10-12) Chased leader, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 11l behind Glencree (11-6) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Takaatuf (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Disputed lead from 2nd, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, no impression with winner when lost 2nd between last 2, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Civil Unrest (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) In rear, pushed along after 2nd, not fluent next, headway 8th, struggling next, soon weakened, well behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Paddy The Hare (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun, 7 ran.
Ben Akram (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, ridden and lost place after 5th, bumped 7th, not fluent and no impression 3 out, 8th of 11, 25l behind All That Remains (11-7) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Sendiym (FR) 2-1fav (10-10) Led, ridden and headed last, one pace, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Honourable Gent (10-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.