MUMBLES HEAD has four course wins to his name including the 2012 Perth Gold Cup. Peter Bowen is enjoying his usual prolific summer and it wouldn't surprise to see the 12-y-o dispatch younger rivals here as he's 1lb less than his last winning mark and gets the vote in the hope that the fires are still burning brightly. Call Box was a good second here last time behind Malin Bay over timber and will be a threat if repeating that level back over fences but he hasn't been over the larger obstacles since October 2011 and that has to be a concern. Dj Milan was a fair third on his chasing debut behind Kian's Delight but now steps into tougher handicap grade early in his education so Owen Glendower looks the prime danger to the selection. He ran really well after over a year off at Market Rasen and has every chance here if not subject to the 'bounce.'
Owen Glendower (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, ridden after 4 out, chased winner before 3 out, no impression, mistakes 2 out and last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 12l behind Paddy The Hare (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf.
Mumbles Head (IRE) 4-1fav (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, outpaced before 4 out, kept on again flat, no threat, 8th of 13, 19l behind Problema Tic (10-12) at Perth 3m hcp chs (2) gf in Jun.
Quito Du Tresor (FR) 10-3 (11-0) Chased leading pair, ridden and stayed on same pace from 3 out, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Current Event (11-4) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jun.
Call Box (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4th, led 2 out, headed before last, ridden edged left and no impression flat, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Malin Bay (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Dj Milan (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Led to 10th, ridden before 4 out, no chance with winner from 3 out, lost 2nd last, one pace, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Kian's Delight (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf.
Nomadic Dreamer 13-2 (11-10) Held up, not fluent 4th or 6th, closed 10th, left pressing for 2nd 3 out, stayed on same pace from last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Foreverpresenting (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf.