Lucky Lukey still appears to be heading in the right direction and a 9lb rise in the weights for an ultimately comfortable win at Uttoxeter is probably fair. He must go on the short-list, while Rebel Flag has the form to figure and Orion Express was third over this trip at Wincanton on Sunday. Herne Bay usually takes on better opposition than this but Inandover is proving disappointing and Sleep In First's Sedgefield third is starting to look an isolated effort. MISSION COMPLETE is unexposed and has been eased in the weights since a fair run over a similar trip at Southwell in the spring. He could be a bit of value in a low-key finale.
Herne Bay (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 5th, ridden and struggling after 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Jocheski (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
Orion Express 8-1 (11-4) Held up off the pace towards rear, headway 4 out, 3rd under pressure from 3 out, no chance from next, plugged on to poor 3rd again post, 3rd of 11, 19l behind My Brother Sylvest (12-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Khazar (FR) 50-1 (11-0) Prominent, jumped slowly, reminders after 6th, weakened 8th, tailed off, 13th of 17, well behind Only Witness (11-2) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Sep.
Inandover 16-1 (11-1) Held up, not fluent 3rd, headway next, not fluent 5th, struggling 8th, 7th of 14, 23l behind French Seventyfive (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Mission Complete (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 18l behind Pickworth (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Apr.
Sleep In First (FR) 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, one pace, 5th of 16, 31l behind Solway Silver (9-9) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Lucky Lukey 7-2fav (10-2) Held up, headway approaching 7th, led before last, pushed out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Doyenne Dream (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 16 ran.
Rebel Flag (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, challenging when hampered bypassing normal 2 out, no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Rannoch Moor (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Nono Le Sage (FR) 16-1 (9-9) Led until 3 out, no extra last, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 40l behind Captain Dash (11-6) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Cadeaux Cerise (IRE) 4-1fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, close 3rd when mistake 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Diamanpeg (11-2) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Aug, 11 ran.