Gordon Elliott doesn't seem to know what to do with the disappointing Trendelenburg and he's worth opposing here, despite the drop in class. American Art and Peaks Of Fire have both been knocking on the door at this level, the latter finishing second again over 2m here on Saturday. But we'll take a chance on the former's stablemate WOODLARK ISLAND, who won over 2m4f at Wincanton on the last occasion he raced in this grade. He was always struggling to go the pace over 2m at Worcester last time. Dune Shine returns from an absence but would have a chance on his best form and Ghaabesh won a seller at Bangor in May and has taken on better opposition since.
American Art (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) With leader until 5th, ridden after 6th, not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace, went 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Stage Acclaim (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m cond sll hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Trendelenburg (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Disputed lead until headed 5th, 2nd halfway, slow 5 out and reminders, ridden and no impression in 4th when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Ballinahow Lady (10-2) at Wexford 2m 6f chs gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Quiet Whisper (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Held up, ridden after 8th, lost touch from next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Trackmate (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
Dune Shine 28-1 (11-8) Last trio, struggling 11th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Master Milan (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
Ghaabesh (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, reminder after 2nd, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 7, 48l behind Harvey's Hope (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) In touch, mistake 2nd, headway 3 out, every chance next, challenging on bit approaching last, soon ridden and not run on, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Reaction (10-9) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Woodlark Island (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Made most until 5th, soon beaten, 11th of 14, 48l behind Coffee (11-8) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Raifteiri (IRE) 18-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, headway to lead narrowly 3rd, headed 7th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Highland Retreat (10-4) at Exeter 2m 7f am nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Weet In Nerja 50-1 (9-13) Behind, outpaced when hit 2 out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 21l behind Feeling (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Monkhair (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 8th, weakened after next, 8th of 13, 36l behind Sovereign Spirit (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.