Grey Blue looked poised to open his account at Worcester last month under Nico de Boinville but threw in the towel when challenged and looks one to be wary of. GRACCHUS, on the other hand, found plenty when scoring on fast ground at Ffos Las last month. He has a 6lb higher mark to overcome here but could be up to the task. Last year's winner Tamarillo Grove has 7lb more to carry but another course and distance winner, Lyssio, should strip fitter for his fifth at Stratford and Frozen Over had been knocking on the door prior to his latest fifth at Chepstow. Amuse Me can't get much lower in the weights but Decoy appears to have lost the plot.
Lyssio (GER) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 12l behind Don Padeja (11-6) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Grey Blue (IRE) 7-2 (10-6) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Paloma's Prince (10-4) at Worcester 2m cond mdn hdle (4) gf in Jun.
Wester Ross (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Tracked leader until 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Easily Pleased (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Macarthur 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, went 2nd last, switched right flat, ran on, just held, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Dealing River (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Led until 2nd, chased leader, lost place 2 out, 7th of 9, 18l behind Max Ward (11-2) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, effort before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 24l behind Gracchus (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.
Gracchus (USA) 9-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun beating Speed Steed (11-4) by 4l, 8 ran.
Frozen Over 7-1 (11-0) Mid-division, closed 5th, ridden before 3 out, no impression, 4th and well beaten when blundered 2 out, 5th of 10, 41l behind No Likey (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Amuse Me 16-1 (11-11) Prominent on outside, led 4th, headed 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 11, 10l behind Dealing River (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Decoy (FR) 6-1 (9-9) Mid-division until mistake 3rd, ridden in last 4th, behind next, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Detroit Red (10-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May.
Minneapolis 33-1 (10-1) Chased leaders on inside, not fluent and lost place 7th, well beaten 3 out, 10th of 11, 31l behind If In Doubt (11-8) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.