PREMIER DANE was having his first start for David Pipe and reverting to hurdles when landing a Class 2 event at Market Rasen last month. He's been raised 10lb for that so it's no surprise to see him back over fences on what should prove a winnable mark. Life Of A Luso likes it around here though he fell on his latest start but Gentleman Anshan has struggled off this mark after going up 10lb for beating two rivals at Hereford. Stage Acclaim is better handicapped over hurdles but Eastlake has been highly tried since winning his first two races over fences in May. Moulin De La Croix seems better with plenty of give in the ground.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) In rear, behind when not fluent 4th, never in contention, 5th of 9, 28l behind Mister Matt (10-6) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Eastlake (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) In touch, reminders after 10th, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 16, 45l behind I Have Dreamed (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Jul.
Premier Dane (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 7th, led before 2 out, kept on, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Jul beating Raslan (11-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Gentleman Anshan (IRE) 28-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, hung left approaching last, stayed on flat, nearest finish, 4th of 16, 7l behind Ostland (11-9) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in May.
Life Of A Luso (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Towards rear of mid-division when fell 9th, in a race won by Magical Legend (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul, 12 ran.
Run Along Boy 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway approaching 11th, 3rd when mistake 4 out, weakened after next, 3rd of 11, 30l behind The Disengager (12-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Moulin de La Croix 3-1fav (10-4) Chased clear pair throughout, outpaced 3 out (usual 4 out), kept on same pace under pressure flat, no impression, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Epee Celeste (9-7) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.