ALDERBROOK LAD is clearly going to make a better chaser than hurdler and should be capable of defying a penalty after winning at Worcester last week. Nothing else really leaps off the page though Cocoa Key has hinted at ability and is probably on a fair mark. Harris Garden may be capable of improvement but Solway Dornal was still beaten 34 lengths when third at Cartmel over a much longer trip on Saturday and the other pair appear very moderate.
Harris Garden (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, outpaced 12th, 4th and beaten 4 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 27l behind Brassick (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f beg chase (4) gd in Jul.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Made all, not fluent 1st or 8th, ridden before 2 out, not fluent last, soon edged left, driven out, won at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf beating Chestnut Ben (11-12) by 1l, 9 ran.
Cocoa Key (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, weakened 5 out, 5th of 6, 41l behind Maizy Missile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Cian Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place when not fluent 5th, tailed off after 3 out, 15th of 18, well behind Prince Pippin (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Solway Dornal 7-2fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 13th until ridden before 4 out, no extra when mistake last, 3rd of 7, 34l behind More Equity (10-11) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Larkhall 20-1 (9-9) Always behind, 9th of 11, well behind Roc De Guye (10-6) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.