CALYPSO BAY is very much the one to beat in this despite having been raised a couple of pounds since finishing second at Worcester. He's still well treated on his form of a couple of years ago and Jonjo O'Neill's stable is still firing in the winners. Veterans Le Seychellois and Sycho Fred are still capable of decent form but a bigger danger may be Stratford runner-up Pyracantha. Ifonlyalfie is often placed but has a poor strike rate.
Pyracantha 9-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 11th, not fluent and headed 3 out, no impression after 2 out, well held by winner when jumped right last, 2nd of 9, 14l behind To Live (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Calypso Bay (IRE) 7-2fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway from 10th, ridden after 5 out, mistake last, kept on run-in held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Adrenalin Flight (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Fearless Leader 4-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along after 4th, weakened from 5 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by General Miller (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul, 5 ran.
Ifonlyalfie 7-2 (11-11) Prominent, outpaced and no impression from 3 out, 5th of 9, 17l behind Pairc Na Gcapall (10-8) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Le Seychellois (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, headway 11th, not fluent 13th, one pace from 2 out, left 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Roseneath (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) In rear, soon pushed along, stayed on from 3 out, switched left and ran on flat, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Rudigreen (11-7) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Bobbisox (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) In rear, ridden 4 out, headway 2 out, went 3rd last, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Bar De Ligne (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Farmer Frank 10-3 (10-9) In rear, reminders before 11th, headway 5 out, went 3rd before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 26l behind Sycho Fred (10-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Jul.
Sycho Fred (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, mistake 9th, went 2nd before 3 out, soon led, clear before next, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Jul beating Miss Sunflower (9-9) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Minstalad 3-1 (10-6) Led and disputed, headed 9th, lost 2nd next, weakened after 3 out, eased before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Moon Melody (9-9) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul, 14 ran.
Quayside Court (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Reminder leaving start, prominent, lost place when jumping slowly 5th, not fluent 7th, ridden 9th, behind next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Roseneath (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul, 10 ran.