Amuse Me is still 3lb higher than when scoring at Sedgefield just under a year ago and remains largely out of sorts but Easily Pleased has dropped to a decent mark and won here last year - he's better treated than Engai. Workbench hasn't raced since April but does go well fresh and he had Bullet Street behind at Taunton in November, though it's about time Evan Williams' charge was winning one of these. FAIRYINTHEWIND defied a big weight to land a novices' handicap at Worcester last month. She's only a five-year-old so may have more to offer and is taken to pass this latest test.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden before 5 out, headway before 4 out, challenged 2 out, led last, kept on well, driven out, won at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jul beating Elsafeer (11-11) by 4 1/2l, 4 ran.
Workbench (FR) 9-4 (11-12) Led, ridden and looked reluctant before 6th, ridden next and 8th, headed 4 out, soon outpaced and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 5, 33l behind Le Bacardy (11-11) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Bullet Street (IRE) 7-2 (10-9) Tracked leader until 9th, dropped to 4th 4 out, outpaced when not fluent next (water), ralled after 2 out, went well held 2nd flat, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Able Deputy (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Easily Pleased (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Held up in last pair, closer order 4th, chased leaders next, weakened pushed along disputing 4th after 3 out, weakened into 5th before next, modest 4th again from 2 out, 4th of 9, 15l behind Good of Luck (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.
Engai (GER) 11-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, not fluent 7th, weakening when mistake 3 out, 6th of 7, 40l behind Sudski Star (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Amuse Me 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 4th, headed 8th, coaxed along after 4 out, led again before next, headed 2 out, not fluent last, no extra flat, 2nd of 4, 13l behind Mister Wiseman (10-4) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jul.