Another tricky puzzle to solve with The Disengager bouncing back to form at Bangor last month when favourite Taffy Thomas was an early casualty. O'Callaghan Strand's hat-trick bid at Worcester in June was thwarted but he is capable of bouncing back, though stablemate Chesapeake is starting to look well treated and Run Along Boy has been knocking on the door. OLYMPIAN BOY found the long run for home too much at Cartmel last month but won nicely here the time before and seems to respond to Paul Moloney's patient approach. He may well be capable of going close back on this easier course.
The Disengager (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Made all, stayed on well from last, eased towards finish, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jul beating Shadow Dancer (11-6) by 9l, 7 ran.
Down The Stretch 4-1 (10-12) Led from 1st, mistake 5th, ridden when not fluent 2 out, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr '11 beating Double The Trouble (11-1) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 11-4fav (11-8) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, hampered next, hit 7th, headway 8th, one pace after 2 out, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Nataani (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Taffy Thomas 9-4fav (10-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, blundered badly and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by The Disengager (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jul, 7 ran.
Armenian Boy (FR) 11-1 (11-7) Raced keenly, led, joined 3 out, kept on gamely in narrow lead until mistake and headed last, no extra flat, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Divine Intavention (12-1) at Taunton 2m 7f hts chs (5) gs in Feb.
Jacks Grey 5-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, jumped slowly 4 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 8, 28l behind City Ground (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Run Along Boy 6-1 (11-10) In touch, dropped to mid-division 9th, headway 4 out, in touch on inside when blundered next, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, rallied flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Shan Blue (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Big Dano (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Fourth Class (11-8) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109 in Jul, 9 ran.
Health Is Wealth (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 10, 26l behind Ray Diamond (10-6) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jul.
Olympian Boy (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) In rear, headway before 3 out, led last, headed before elbow on run-in, no extra, 2nd of 8, 14l behind Lamboro Lad (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.
Chesapeake (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) In touch towards rear on outside, not fluent 10th, no impression 4 out, 5th of 6, 28l behind Harouet (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jun.