Peter Bowen has a tremendous strike rate at this venue over the past five years and has done well to bring CYGNET back to form after a fallow period of form. Much improved the last twice, the Dansili gelding seems sure to give another good account for the Welsh handler now back on a seemingly even keel. This looks a slightly easier affair than the Ffos Las handicap in which he finished third behind Masterofdeception and Sean Bowen has started to look good value for his claim. Nicky Richards is ticking over nicely with a select band of runners and Winter Alchemy can have a say having gained his sole success over timber over course and distance. Solway Sam, a recent course and distance winner too, put a pulled up effort well behind him when scoring at the track that day and could still be interesting off a 5lb higher mark, although that was a first career success in over four years.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Led, jumped very slow and tried to refuse and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Hero De Villeneuve (10-12) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd, 7 ran.
Cygnet 3-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 2 out, headway from last, went 3rd over 2f out, no impression (all three hurdles in straight were omitted), 3rd of 7, 18l behind Masterofdeception (11-7) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Seven Acres (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th before 3 out, no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 22l behind Preswell Lad (10-4) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Jun.
Solway Sam 8-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, led 4 out, soon headed, ridden and every chance 2 out, led before last, kept on, won at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd beating Rev Up Ruby (11-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Winter Alchemy (IRE) 15-2 (11-10) Behind, struggling 12th, plugged on from 3 out, ridden flat, went remote 2nd near finish, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 9, 45l behind Knight Woodsman (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Solway Bay 40-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Masterofdeception (11-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.
Ishlana 100-1 (10-0) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, 9th of 11, well behind Royale Django (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jun.