JUNIOR JACK came in for significant support at Southwell last month but probably still needed the run, only his second since returning from a lay-off. He's given a final chance to come good in a weak-looking affair despite conceding weight to recent course and distance winner Daneva. Brimham Boy, Mister Wiseman and Peak Seasons could all play a part but Diamond Eclipse continues to disappoint and Queen Of Mantua needs to brush up her jumping.
Queen Of Mantua (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 6th, not fluent 3 out, outpaced next, 3rd and well held when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by To Live (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jul, 9 ran.
Junior Jack 15-8fav (11-12) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 5th, led 11th, headed before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 23l behind Sycho Fred (10-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Jul.
Rudigreen (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, mistake next, hampered on bend before 4 out, soon beaten, 5th of 10, 23l behind Favoured Nation (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Brimham Boy 3-1fav (11-1) Pressed leader until 2 out, one pace and beaten before last, 4th of 6, 8l behind Daneva (11-5) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Daneva (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, closed 3 out, led next, held on gamely, won at Stratford 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul beating Crack At Dawn (10-12) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Handsome Buddy (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway after 13th, outpaced after 3 out, 4th of 9, 22l behind To Live (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Diamond Eclipse (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, in 4th and one pace from 2 out, 4th of 7, 17l behind Five Out Of Five (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gf in Jul.
Mac Beattie 50-1 (10-11) Always towars rear, 8th of 10, well behind Ace Fighter Pilot (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f beg chase (4) gf in Jul.
Mister Wiseman 3-1 (11-4) Led, headed 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon one pace, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Maizy Missile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Peak Seasons (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, pushed along after 8th, went 2nd on home turn, stayed on, always held by winner, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Soul Magic (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Novikov 40-1 (10-7) Led from 2nd, headed 8th, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 10, well behind Chilbury Hill (10-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.