There's a degree of quality about this race that one might not have expected and we'll take OGEE to land the spoils. The ten-year-old does have to overcome something of a losing run but his last success obtained at Worcester last summer, and he is capable of giving a fair account under the prevailing conditions. Cockney Trucker has surprisingly never won a handicap over hurdles despite being an ever-present in some of the top races during his long career and it remains to be seen as to exactly how much ability he retains. Red Not Blue won off a mark of 132 at Uttoxeter but he's struggled to cut much ice over fences. Thanks For Coming picked up a Novice chase at Towcester in May while Faultless Feelings gets plenty of weight and is less exposed than the majority of his rivals.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, ridden 13th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun, 18 ran.
Ogee 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4 out, ridden next, 3rd and stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Sail And Return (10-10) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Cockney Trucker (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Tracked winner, outpaced 3 out, ridden and no chance with winner when lost 2nd between last 2, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 14l behind Big Time Billy (11-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Jun.
Thanks For Coming 4-1 (11-3) Held up, mistakes, headway on outside 8th, reminder after 11th, weakened 14th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gullible Gordon (10-13) at Aintree 3m 1f cnd hcp chs (0-135) (3) gs in Jun, 7 ran.
Ixora (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, pushed along after 7th, lost place 4 out, 9th of 12, 38l behind Pure Faith (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Faultless Feelings (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 7th, lost place next, tailed off after 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lower Hope Dandy (10-9) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Apr, 17 ran.
My Moment (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) A bhnd; to, 8th of 9, well behind Watch The Birdie (10-0) at Torrington Farmers 3m ptp gf in Jun.