If earlier races have gone to plan, this could turn out another prolific day for McCoy as CUT THE CARDS looks the one to beat in this. His five length defeat of Ajman at Ffos Las is the best recent form on offer and it's hard to look elsewhere despite a 10lb hike in the weights. House Party has scope for improvement and may prove better than he's show so far while Four Nations is also unexposed having won a maiden hurdle at Plumpton in May. Tinseltown scored over track and trip last month but is 6lb higher in a tougher race today.
Four Nations (USA) 5-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, mistake 2nd, ridden 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 14, 13l behind Odin (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Dark Energy 18-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, weakened before 9th, tailed off, 5th of 6, 32l behind Changing The Guard (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (3) gd in Jun.
Cut The Cards (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, raced wide back straight, headway 2 out (usual 3 out), driven to lead approaching bypassed last, stayed on well flat, won at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jun beating Ajman (10-9) by 5l, 9 ran.
Tinseltown 5-4fav (11-0) Prominent, led after 2nd, headed 4th, hung left from after next, jumped left 3 out, mistake 2 out, went 2nd before last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Baccalaureate (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Oakwell (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 2 out, 6th of 11, 33l behind Howwoulduno (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Houseparty 6-1 (11-6) Led, jumped right 1st, headed next, led after 5th, headed 3 out, stayed on same pace, took 2nd post, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Fairyinthewind (11-5) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Hilltime (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, led 10th, ridden and headed last, one pace, flat, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Tommy Spar (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Aug '07.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, no impression from 4 out, 4th of 5, well behind Surf And Turf (11-4) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.