Both of Rusty Nail's recent course and distance victories have come on faster ground, though he did win a point-to-point on soft going earlier in his career. The handicapper has taken no chances with chasing debutant Red Solo Cup but the five-year-old Calusa Star still has time on his side, though needs to brush up his jumping. HINTON INDIANA hated the fast ground here last time but has plenty of stamina and conditions are more in his favour now. He's been a bit frustrating but this looks another good opportunity for Dan Skelton's charge.
Red Solo Cup (IRE) 3-1fav (11-11) Prominent, lost place after 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Speed Check (9-9) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Calusa Star 6-1 (10-6) Held up behind in touch, reminder after 9th, struggling 11th, tailed off when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Big Sound (10-11) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jul, 8 ran.
Lodgician (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Led, headed after 4th, led again 5th, headed after 8th, weakened from 5 out, 4th of 7, 12l behind Strumble Head (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Rusty Nail (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, closed 11th, went 2nd after 3 out, led last, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gf beating Accessallareas (11-12) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Hinton Indiana 2-1fav (9-12) Ran in snatches, held up in last pair, reminders after 5th, pushed along after 13th, plugged on into modest 3rd 2 out, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Plum Pudding (11-2) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.
Celtic Fella (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) In rear, weakened from 5 out, 7th of 11, well behind Rogue Dancer (9-12) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.