DON'T TAKE ME ALIVE wasn't really enjoying the soft ground behind the in-form Cut The Cards at Southwell last time but stayed on well for second and the third has franked the form since. The four-year-old may well be good enough here getting 9lb from Cut The Cards' stablemate Strongly Suggested, who was beaten off a lower mark over a longer trip here two weeks ago. Callisto Moon and Bunratty would both have a chance at their best but lack a recent run.
Strongly Suggested 5-4fav (11-10) Disputed 2nd, not fluent 4th, challenged after 3 out, led and 3 lengths clear when mistake next, ridden and headed between last 2, one pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Lucky Landing (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Callisto Moon 12-1 (11-10) Led, joined 3 out, ridden before next, headed towards finish, 2nd of 14, nk behind Castlemorris King (11-4) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Dont Take Me Alive 6-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, soon chased winner, ridden before last, no impression, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Cut The Cards (12-1) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jul.
Bunratty (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Led to 5 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 41l behind Morning Time (10-7) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jun.