PUSH ME was the subject of good support when obliging at Perth in taking style last month, prior to which he'd scored in equally smooth fashion on the Flat at Ayr. He's clearly in great form at present and is the one to beat with the proviso that the ground remains good or better. Sleep In First, a winner of five races over six starts in the spring/early summer of 2013 over fences returned from a fallow period to land a Cartmel handicap hurdle just three days ago and looks the obvious threat if in the same mood here. Dynamic Dave continues to run consistently well and deserves a change of luck but was seven lengths behind the selection at Perth and a 6lb swing in his favour doesn't look enough. He is the each-way option though.
Takaatuf (IRE) 17-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, blundered badly 3rd, soon pulled up, in a race won by Sendiym (10-10) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Push Me (IRE) 9-4 (10-13) Held up behind, headway 3 out, led next, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul beating One For Hocky (10-5) by 3l, 10 ran.
Mubrook (USA) 16-1 (11-0) Always behind, struggling from 4th, last of 8, well behind Admiral Hawke (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell (5) gd.
Golden Future 11-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, left close 2nd soon after 3 out, led soon after, driven clear before hit 2 out, reduced lead last, headed and not pace of winner last 75 yards, 2nd of 12, 2l behind King's Road (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Sleep In First (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Always prominent, not much room on bend after 3rd, not fluent 4th, led 2 out, clear last 150 yards, readily, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Amilliontimes (11-12) by 7l, 10 ran.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 12-1 (10-6) In rear and in touch, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 5, 23l behind Lava Lamp (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Claude Carter 7-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway after 2 out, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 10, 12l behind Sleep In First (11-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Verko (FR) 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, well behind Slim Pickens (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gf in Jun.
Carters Rest 10-1 (10-13) Chased leader, led after 1st until 5th, chased leader until before 2 out, weakened on long run to last, 9th of 15, 26l behind Early Applause (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, soon ridden, one pace last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Push Me (10-13) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Spread Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Never better than mid-division, behind from 3 out, 13th of 15, 37l behind Early Applause (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Mr Tallyman 14-1 (12-0) A bhnd; to, 7th of 9, 44l behind Billing (12-0) at York & Ainsty (North and South) 3m ptp gd in Apr.
De Chissler (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) In touch, headway chasing leaders 3 out, led approaching 2 out, headed on long run to last, weakened last, 5th of 15, 10l behind Early Applause (11-8) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
District Attorney (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) In touch, ridden before omitted 3 out, no extra bypassing omitted last, 6th of 15, 17l behind Politeness (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.