FARLEIGH HOUSE alternates between hurdles and fences with some success and had a bit in hand when scoring over the larger obstacles at Stratford earlier this month. He's starting to creep up the weights now but has the beating of Mr Harmoosh on Huntingdon running last month and is probably the safest option in this. Sauté is now 8lb higher than when beaten at Market Rasen while Factotum, King Brex and Herschel are all struggling for form at present. The others also have something to prove at present.
Saute 11-10fav (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, effort when left in 2nd 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Houston Dynimo (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Factotum 7-1 (11-10) In touch, mistake 2nd, soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Olympian (11-0) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf.
King Brex (DEN) 20-1 (11-11) Tracked leading pair, lost place after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 9, 37l behind Sweet World (10-7) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Aug.
Farleigh House (USA) 7-2 (11-4) In touch, headway 4out, led approaching last, pushed out, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating Exulto (11-5) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Herschel (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 9th of 10, 29l behind Silver Lily (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Dunaskin (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Led, headed when jumped slowly 5th, soon ridden, well held from 3 out, went 3rd approaching 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Denton Ryal (10-11) at Southwell 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Beaubrav 7-2 (10-9) With leader, led 2nd, soon headed, regained lead 6th, clear approaching 2 out, ridden after last, kept on well, won at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Oct beating Addwaitya (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mr Harmoosh (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Held up, headway to go 4th 3 out, not much room on inside soon after, 3 lengths off front trio when blundered last, not recover, 4th of 8, 7l behind Rampant Ronnie (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Akinndi (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Tracked winner to 3 out, took keen hold, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 30l behind Eseej (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Dancewiththedevil (IRE) 18-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 5th, ridden approaching 2 out, no extra last, 5th of 9, 15l behind Sweet World (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Great Esteem (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened from 4th, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind General Eliott (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.