BENMADIGAN is our preference to Danimix and Tiger King. Nicky Richards' charge appreciates fast ground and with the rider able to take off a valuable 3lb under the race conditions, we are confident that he can give another good account of himself. Danimix won readily in maiden company at Uttoxeter though a 10lb rise in the opinion for the assessor was probably to be expected. Tiger King is incredibly well treated versus his old form so the market has to be watched closely. The yard are also represented by More Equity. He is much higher rated over chase fences than hurdles and Ryan Mania has been booked. Storm Prospect has been chasing of late without much in the way of success. The Shepherd was entitled to need his first run from absence and should be capable of better today. Tarkani drops in trip having previously tried his hand over staying trips. Benmadigan looks the best option in a race where cogent cases exist for many.
Danimix (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, always prominent, led approaching 2 out, clear last, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (4) gd beating Favours Brave (10-11) by 15l, 8 ran.
Flemross (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leader, led 3rd, ridden and headed before 3 out, no extra in 5th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Killenaule Boy (9-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs fm in Jun, 11 ran.
Benmadigan (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway 7th, ridden after 3 out, chased winner approaching last, no impression, 2nd of 10, 13l behind Tout Regulier (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf.
The Shepherd (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Rear of mid-division, some headway after halfway, no extra from 3 out, 8th of 16, 26l behind Bremen (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Strobe 20-1 (11-1) Led, headed 2 out, soon weakened and eased, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Hermoso (10-13) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Tarkani (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, ridden and outpaced 2 out, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd flat, not reached leading pair, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Hermoso (10-13) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Word of Warning 8-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, chasing leaders last, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 15l behind Rare Coincidence (11-2) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Bewery Man (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Towards rear, pushed along after 4th, hampered 5th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Planetarium (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f sell hcp hdl (5) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Kyber 10-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 14l behind Oscar Glory (10-9) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Storm Prospect 4-1 (11-2) In rear, outpaced 10th, kept on from last, never dangerous, 4th of 10, 17l behind King Roonah (11-12) at Perth 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gf in Jun.
More Equity 22-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, lost place 10th, 8th and beaten when blundered 3 out, 7th of 9, 32l behind Award Winner (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Tiger King (GER) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, hit 5th, ridden 2 out, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd approaching last, never troubled leading pair, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Shopfrontspecialst (10-8) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Guerilla (AUS) 14-1 (10-12) Towards rear on outside, ridden and short lived effort on wide outside 2 out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 49l behind Shopfrontspecialst (10-8) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.