River Purple has won three of his last five and been second in the other two so clearly warrants plenty of respect, despite a rising mark. O'Callaghan Strand would have every chance on his best form but we might take a chance on DRUMLANG. He's had a short break since a couple of modest efforts at the start of the summer but would be hard to beat if reproducing the form of his second to Bar De Ligne at Musselburgh during the winter. Sure Thing is hard to predict and Unforgettable has a lengthy absence to overcome.
Unforgettable (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) Held up in touch in rear, headway approaching 5th, ridden after 8th, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Dineur (10-6) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Jun '13.
River Purple 6-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul beating Lemon's Gent (11-4) by 2l, 7 ran.
Drumlang (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Behind, ridden after 4 out, never near leaders, tailed off, 7th of 11, 40l behind Book'em Danno (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 3-1fav (11-8) Held up, headway 8th, mistake 10th, every chance 4 out, no extra flat, 4th of 12, 19l behind Forever My Friend (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Sure Thing (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Led, headed and reminder before 8th, led again soon after, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 14l behind Attycran (10-4) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Riguez Dancer 12-1 (11-11) Behind, pushed along halfway, soon beaten, last of 8, 34l behind Baltic Pathfinder (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
The Society Man (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Held up behind in touch, driven to chase leaders 4 out, ridden flat, stayed on to chase leading pair final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Attycran (10-4) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Tregaro (FR) 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division, headway 3 out, weakened before last, 6th of 7, 25l behind River Purple (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.