Lord Of Drums had Diddley Dee behind when runner-up to Polarbrook over course and distance last month but has been put up another couple of pounds whereas the handicapper has taken a risk with Polarbrook's stablemate DJ MILAN. He's been dropped 10lb since weakening quickly over 3m here last time and will be suited by the shorter trip. The top weight gets the nod as George Woolf finished tailed off on his chasing bow at Stratford.
Dj Milan (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Led, headed before 8th, led 9th, mistake 3 out soon headed and weakened, 4th of 5, 29l behind Mumbles Head (11-7) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Jul.
George Woolf 12-1 (11-0) Held up, headway after 4th, ridden and lost place before 8th, soon well beaten, 4th of 7, well behind Professeur Emery (11-0) at Stratford 2m 1f nov chs (4) gf.
Lord Of Drums (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Led, headed before 5th, led again before 3 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Polarbrook (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Jul.
Diddley Dee 7-2 (10-3) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, reminder 7th, mistake 9th, stayed on from 2 out, 4th of 7, 19l behind Polarbrook (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Jul.
Merry Minster 4-1 (10-3) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, not fluent 3 out, stayed on to close on 2nd flat, no chance with winner, last of 3, 9l behind The Paddy Premium (10-8) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Jul.