Kosta Brava has won off a higher mark in the past but his recent form leaves much to be desired. Rebel Dancer and Carrietau are usually thereabouts but Kai Broon has become disappointing and Bedouin Bay and Persian Gates are also best watched at present. Pyracantha should strip fitter for his second at Perth, however, though O'CALLAGHAN STRAND arguably has a little more scope. Jonjo O'Neill's six-year-old won his first two starts over the larger obstacles, including one over this C&D, and may have just needed his run at Newton Abbot last month.
Rebel Dancer (FR) 11-1 (11-0) In touch, effort when jumped right 2 out, every chance after last, ran on, never reached winner, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Alpine Breeze (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Aug.
Carrietau 9-1 (11-5) Led, pushed along before 6th, headed after 4 out, lost lost before 3 out, kept on same to regain 2nd place run-in, no chace with winner, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Nobunaga (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.
Pyracantha 9-1 (11-6) Close up, led 7th, headed 4out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Bobowen (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Aug.
Bedouin Bay 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, weakened before next, 11th of 17, 46l behind Bobowen (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Persian Gates (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 1st, hit 10th, weakened 4 out, 7th of 9, 41l behind Iona Days (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 5-1 (11-10) Prominent, chased winner after 2nd until after 11th, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind The Disengager (12-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Kosta Brava (FR) 11-1 (11-8) Took keen hold early, tracked leading trio, went 3rd 7th, driven after 10th, no chance with winner, kept on flat, went poor 2nd final stride, 2nd of 4, 20l behind Red Kingdom (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Aug.
Kai Broon (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leading pair until mistake 10th, pushed along 10th, 4th and beaten when blundered and rider lost reins briefly 2 out, kept on flat, last of 4, 24l behind Red Kingdom (10-9) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Aug.
More Equity 10-1 (10-7) Led, headed before 5 out, not fluent 4 out when weakening, last of 8, well behind Lamboro Lad (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.