Theoystercatcher ran her best race so far when runner-up to Bold Raider at Newton Abbot last time and must have some sort of chance getting 9lb from penalised recent winner Dreamsoftheatre, though Jonjo O'Neill's charge will be helped by Maurice Linehan's claim. Leyland is probably better than he showed in the spring but we might take a chance on the fitness of BOLD TARA, who competed in better company last year and should have no problem with the trip having been placed over 3m1f.
Dreamsoftheatre (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, led before 2 out, ridden and flashed tail before last, kept on well run-in, won at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jul beating Southway Queen (10-6) by 8l, 10 ran.
Bold Tara 9-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Overpriced (10-4) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in May '12.
Theoystercatcher (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Behind, pushed along after 6th, headway under pressure after 3 out, chased leaders on outside next, went 2nd between last 2, ridden and kept on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Bold Raider (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Lucky To Be Alive (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked clear leader to 5th, outpaced when hampered after 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Cawdor House Bert (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Leyland (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place when jumped slowly 4 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Mootabar (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Apr, 18 ran.
Watch House (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 3rd, challenged 9th, led 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Sovereign Spirit (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Mr Bachster (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Hdwy 4 out; led cl home, won at Tiverton Staghounds 3m ptp fm in Jun beating Derniere Dance (12-0) by shd, 9 ran.
Terntheothercheek 20-1 (10-10) Prominent, lost place 6th, pulled up quickly before next, in a race won by Advisor (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul, 9 ran.
Not A Doctor (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Bhnd til slpd up bend aft 13, in a race won by Bathwick Scanno (11-7) at Tiverton Staghounds 3m ptp fm in Jun, 10 ran.