Brave Spartacus and THE NEPHEW have won four races apiece over fences and look the pair to concentrate on in this. The latter has the more recent form, scoring here in July, and can open his account over the larger obstacles. Factor Fifty was second at Cartmel last month but is only making slow progress and this is a stronger contest. Awbeg Massini has ability but will surely need this.
Awbeg Massini (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, 5th and outpaced 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lower Hope Dandy (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr '13, 17 ran.
Brave Spartacus (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Always behind, struggling from 3rd, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Dark Dune (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Factor Fifty (IRE) 9-2 (10-9) Held up in last pair, headway chasing leaders approaching 5th, driven and went 3rd on long run to last, kept on same pace flat, went 2nd post, 2nd of 8, 4l behind May's Boy (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Sgt Bull Berry 80-1 (11-0) Towards rear, blundered 4th, weakened 4 out, 5th of 7, 48l behind Take A Bow (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
The Nephew (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) In rear, blundered 1st, headway 4 out, went 2nd before and blundered 3 out, held in 3rd when blundered last, weakened run-in, 4th of 5, 8l behind Makethe Mostofnow (10-6) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
Eternal Vine 10-1 (10-9) Chased leaders to over 6f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Daring Exit (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in May.