HI TIDE is burdened with a 7lb penalty for a really gutsy effort when beating Retrieve here last time but is going to prove tough to overcome if Aidan Coleman can cajole a similar effort from the Jenkins topweight. Dormouse and Larteta are both in current good nick but do seem close enough to the selection in the weights whilst course and distance winner, Dealing River, is respected but may just be stymied by the rise in the ratings for a couple of victories. Wester Ross should have blown the cobwebs away at Newton Abbot recently on a first run since August, whilst She's Late, likely to be popular due to connections, was easily brushed aside by No Substitute at Uttoxeter and will need to improve on this move into the handicap ranks, although he is only a 4-y-o with time on his side.
Hi Tide (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) In rear, headway from 2 out, soon went 2nd, stayed on to lead close home, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Retrieve (11-12) by hd, 5 ran.
Dormouse 9-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, ridden approaching 3 out, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Pure Style (11-10) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Larteta (FR) 7-2 (10-9) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, led between last 2, ridden before last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd beating A Tail Of Intrigue (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
She's Late 11-8fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, led before 3 out, headed approaching next, well held by winner last, 2nd of 8, 20l behind No Substitute (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Wester Ross (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Held up, kept on run-in, never going pace to get involved, 6th of 9, 12l behind Tamarillo Grove (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Dealing River 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden and pressing for 2nd when blundered last, stayed on same pace, 4th of 8, 7l behind Pure Style (11-10) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.