Thegaygardener looked useful when obliging at Uttoxeter last year but the handicapper has made life difficult and the five-year-old drops in grade in an attempt to add to that sole success. THIRD HALF has struggled to live up to the feats of half-brother, Brown Panther, but if the tonguestrap can work on its first application, the Worcester winner looks very much the one to beat. Quadriller has questions to answer after a modest run at Worcester while Neil King saddles two entries including Huntingdon winner, Wom. Persian Herald will make a first foray into plating company though he is still a maiden after 15 previous starts. The Bay Bandit posted a 25/1 shock over course and distance earlier in the season though the form of that race has not worked out.
The Bay Bandit 20-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 4 out, stayed on same pace from next, 7th of 15, 32l behind Anay Turge (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Thegaygardener 13-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden before 3 out, well beaten next, 10th of 12, 17l behind Tom Wade (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Third Half 11-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon outpaced, last of 5, 9l behind Docs Legacy (11-0) at Wolverhampton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo) (AWT) (4) std in Jan.
Persian Herald 7-1 (11-6) Keen led, hit 4th, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened last, 7th of 10, 17l behind Dont Take Me Alive (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Quadriller (FR) 5-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, driven and one pace 3 out, no impression before next, 5th of 12, 35l behind Thunder Sheik (10-6) at Worcester 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) gd in Jun.
Rigid 12-1 (10-5) Mid-division, fell 3rd, in a race won by Maoi Chinn Tire (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May, 10 ran.
Wom 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 3 out, no extra after next, 4th of 13, 17l behind My Lord (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Pass Friend 125-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Azure Fly (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.