Regal One is a hard ride and makes little appeal under top weight. Ned The Post is making progress but might benefit from some leniency from the handicapper. There seems little point in opposing ROGUE DANCER in his current mood as he skated up at Uttoxeter on similar ground last month and clearly gets on well with Trevor Whelan. Minellaforlunch took a backward step at Worcester in May and might just need this.
Regal One (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Tracked leader, challenged 6 out, every chance 3 out, weakened before last, last of 4, 22l behind Fairyinthewind (11-12) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Ned The Post (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Held up in last pair, steady headway on inside 9th, dropped to rear 14th, headway into close 3rd going well approaching 16th, 2nd on long run to 2 out, driven and held before last, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Plum Pudding (11-2) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.
Balinroab (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 3 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 9l behind Qoubilai (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Minellaforlunch (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8th until approaching 4 out, soon pushed along chasing leading pair, ridden before 3 out, no impression when went badly left 2 out, 3rd of 11, 23l behind Playing The Field (10-13) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Foot The Bill 5-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, headway chasing leaders 5th, jumped slowly 2 out and outpaced, rallied into poor 3rd flat, 3rd of 11, 25l behind Makellys Blackpool (9-11) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Steepleofcopper (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, ridden after 7th, well beaten from 14th, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Cypress Grove (10-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Rogue Dancer (FR) 3-1fav (9-12) Chased leader, led before 2 out, clear last, won at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jul beating Big Sound (11-12) by 12l, 11 ran.
Xenophon 12-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, lost place 5th, soon beaten, modest 4th, 4th of 7, 35l behind Danby's Legend (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Local Present (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Chased leaders in 4th, driven 3 out, stayed on to take modest 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Toledo Gold (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Inandover 25-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Cash For Steel (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Quayside Court (IRE) 18-1 (9-11) Lee 2nd, not fluent and headed 10th, lost place 12th, well behind 4 out, 7th of 13, well behind Uncle Pettit (10-3) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.