Mount Vesuvius bids for a hat-trick on the back of his latest win at Sedgefield but soft ground is a worry for him. There's no such concerns regarding ZALGARRY who won over hurdles in testing ground when trained in France. He ran well in a higher grade race at Ffos Las last month and is preferred to Qoubilai, who has been in better form of late with a placed effort at Market Rasen last month. Detroit Red makes more appeal than Sporting Boy as the latter has done all his winning over shorter trips so far.
Sporting Boy (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Disputed lead to 5 out, soon driven and outpaced, no impression before 2 out, 5th of 7, 15l behind Temple Lord (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Zalgarry (FR) 10-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, hit 4 out, headway on outside soon after, effort 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd flat, 4th of 6, 6l behind Benbane Head (11-12) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Escort'men (FR) 14-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 5th, effort on outside 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 35l behind Laudatory (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf.
Qoubilai (FR) 15-8 (10-12) Led, driven and headed narrowly 2 out, kept on and every chance last, ridden flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Pasture Bay (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 9-4fav (10-2) Held up, headway from 3 out, went 2nd next, soon switched right, led last, ridden out, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf beating Lisbon (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Santera (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Mid-division, chased leaders 8th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Mission Complete (11-6) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Delphi Mountain (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, reminders 8th, soon struggling, behind from 4 out, last of 5, 31l behind Bennys Quest (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
Detroit Red 3-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, challenged 7th, led before 3 out, headed approaching next, one pace last, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Staigue Fort (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Mosstown (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, struggling 9th, some headway when jumped left last, never in contention, 5th of 9, 23l behind One Term (11-7) at Worcester 2m nov chs (4) gd.
Matako (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Raced keenly, headway to lead after 6th, headed after 4 out, lost place before next, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Rackham Lerouge (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jun '12.
Bold Cuffs 25-1 (10-12) Chased leader, hit 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th and no chance when mistake last, 6th of 14, 20l behind Leo Luna (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Sun Quest 12-1 (10-9) Led to 4th, weakened after 3 out, last of 8, 45l behind Guards Chapel (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.