Mavalenta isn't out of this, despite top weight, while Glingerbank, Father Shine and My Farmer Girl all bring winning form into the race. Mzuri Bay has claims if forgiven a poor run at Uttoxeter in July but Western Bound looks to have too much weight and Solis has struggled off higher marks since winning at Cartmel. CALL IT ON won over 2m1f here in May last year but has proved himself to be effective over further since and will appreciate the return to hurdling. He may be the value in an open-looking finale.
Mavalenta (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, outpaced before next, 4th of 9, 13l behind Smalib Monterg (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Glingerbank (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, headway to lead 3 out, hard pressed from last, held on well, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Aug beating Red Hot Poker (11-2) by nk, 9 ran.
Western Bound (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leader, hit 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Vallani (9-10) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Aug.
Mzuri Bay 11-1 (11-9) Led to after 1st, with leader, outpaced after 4 out, lost place before next, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Victor Hewgo (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jul.
Call It On (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, steady headway when left 3rd and hampered 7th, pushed along before 9th, mistake 10th, driven and weakened after 3 out, 5th of 8, 28l behind Satou (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Father Shine (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 5th, clear 3 out, very easily, won at Southwell 2m 4f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Kingdom Of Munster (10-12) by 24l, 14 ran.
Solis (GER) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, lost place 2 out (usual 3 out), weakened before last, 6th of 7, 19l behind Spirit Of A Nation (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Aug.
My Farmer Girl 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, effort after 3 out, edged right and led narrowly when mistake next, ridden after last, stayed on to go clear flat, won at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul beating Bingo Des Mottes (11-7) by 9l, 11 ran.
Dark Energy 25-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, fell 5th, in a race won by Geminus (11-3) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug, 11 ran.