A nice prize and a terrific little contest for the track and time of year. Veteran FINGER ONTHE PULSE is probably entitled to start favourite on the strength of his third in a Listed chase at Market Rasen. He can race off the same mark and gets a tentative vote as Billy Magern is still climbing the weights and the hat-trick-seeking Dark Energy is no certainty to confirm recent Market Rasen running with either Wiesentraum, who will strip fitter today, or the consistent Skint. Henry San only won by a head at Newton Abbot earlier this month and has more on his plate here.
Billie Magern 9-2 (11-12) Led, ridden 3 out, caught post, 2nd of 6, nk behind Gullible Gordon (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Finger Onthe Pulse (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) In touch, led 3 out, headed before last, one pace, 3rd of 16, 10l behind Bobowen (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gf in Jul.
Skint 3-1 (10-5) Held up, headway 9th, chased winner after 3 out, driven and every chance last, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Dineur (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf.
Wiesentraum (GER) 7-4 (11-7) Prominent, led 9th, headed 3 out, kept on until ridden and no extra flat, 5th of 6, 7l behind Dark Energy (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Dark Energy 9-1 (11-1) Held up in 5th, mistake 2nd, outpaced before 3 out, headway under pressure next, soon ridden, rallied flat, led near finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating O Crotaigh (10-11) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Henry San (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, headway 10th, challenged 3 out, led before next, strongly pressed, held on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf beating The Mad Robertson (11-6) by hd, 11 ran.