AVANOS looks the one to beat in this opener on his defeat of Changing The Guard over C&D last month. A subsequent defeat came over fences. Lawgiver also has decent C&D form to his name while Venture To War was third at Uttoxeter last time and should be challenging for a place again. Claude Carter and Executive Hall are also capable of a prominent showing if on a going day.
Lawgiver (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden after 3 out, close up approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Iktiview (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jul.
Ivans Back (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Hampered 1st, tracked leader when not fluent 3rd, effort and every chance approaching 2 out (usual 3 out), soon no impression, weakened before last, 4th of 9, 24l behind Kellys Brow (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Star Potential 100-1 (10-2) Mid-division, behind from 5th, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Carter (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in May '11.
Tayarat (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Led to 4th, pushed along and reminders before 5th, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 27l behind Geminus (11-2) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Claude Carter 17-2 (11-4) Mid-division, in 5th when fell 5 out, in a race won by Pete (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Jul, 9 ran.
Avanos (FR) 3-1fav (9-13) Slowly away, behind, headway 10th, mistake next, chased leaders 4 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Ballybough Gorta (10-1) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Quite Sparky 66-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division on outer, mistake 3 out when weakening, 8th of 12, well behind Forgotten Symphony (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Louis Ludwig (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Always behind, 8th of 13, well behind Solis (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jul.
Executive's Hall (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 4th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 13, well behind Solis (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jul.
Venture To War (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) With leader, led 3rd, ridden 3 out, headed after next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 5l behind The Lemonpie (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Stravita 7-2 (10-10) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, ridden after next, losing place when pulled up before 5th, in a race won by Avanos (9-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jul, 7 ran.
Into The Light 8-1 (10-8) Led until went left 1st, in touch on outside, jumped left 4th, hit 3 out, soon lost place and behind, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by On The Right Path (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Apr, 9 ran.
Get Home Now 33-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, headway before 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 48l behind Southway Star (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Jun.