STEPHEN HERO couldn't cope with the step up to Listed company at Market Rasen last month but he boasts a solid level of form in this lower grade and may be capable of giving 6lb to Manjakani. John Ferguson's gelding looked good when beating Mandy's Boy on debut at Stratford but has been a bit disappointing since. Conducting only won a seller at Worcester last month while Panache was a 100/1 chance when getting off the mark at the ninth attempt on the same course. Bumper winner Rest And Be looks best of the rest.
Stephen Hero (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Led, not fluent 4th, headed and weakened after 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind Purple Bay (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Jul.
Conducting 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, led 2 out, clear towards finish, comfortably, won at Worcester 2m sll hdl (5) gf in Jul beating Byron Blue (10-12) by 4l, 9 ran.
Manjakani 7-2 (11-3) Held up in main group, not fluent 4 out, chased leaders next, went 3rd before last, stayed on to take 2nd 1f out, no impression with winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Cool Baranca (9-9) at Cartmel 2m 1f (3) gd in Jul.
Panache 100-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway after 4 out, challenged on outside 2 out, led last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul beating Macarthur (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Develop U 100-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, disputing close enough 3rd when fell
Maria's Choice (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent until 3 out, 5th of 9, 46l behind Gurkha Brave (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
This Is Me 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, tracked leaders 4 out, left in narrow lead next, driven and headed approaching last, weakened flat, 4th of 11, 14l behind Panache (10-7) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Malcolm The Moon Needle Gun gelding out of Moon Catcher.
Norphin 25-1 (10-10) Raced keenly, held up in rear, headway when switched towards stands side 3 out, went 3rd next, kept on same pace, never troubled front pair, 3rd of 5, 22l behind Chesterfield (10-10) at Worcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Spessartine (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Led until after 4th, soon weakened, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Edlomond (10-12) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd in May, 9 ran.
Rebel Island (IRE) 200-1 (10-5) Mid-division, behind 6th, 14th of 15, well behind Makadamia (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Rest And Be (IRE) 11-4fav (11-2) Held up in 4th, headway over 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden over 1f out, held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Sebastians Charm (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (5) gf in Sep.