Mulligan's Man is the pick on past form but has become very disappointing and was odds-on when well beaten at Worcester earlier this month. Debt To Society was beaten at Southwell after scoring at Uttoxeter but must have some sort of chance and Tinctoria could figure dropping into this grade for the first time, despite an absence. BYRON BLUE gained a deserved victory at Worcester last time and may be improving. He has more to do here under a penalty but could be up to the task.
Byron Blue (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Made all, drew clear on bit after 3 out, unchallenged, very easily, won at Worcester 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gf beating Phase Shift (10-5) by 26l, 6 ran.
Banyan Tree (IRE) 66-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, headway on outside and disputing 6th when bad mistake 2 out, not recover and soon well beaten, 12th of 13, well behind Master Of The Sea (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan '13.
Debt To Society (IRE) 9-4fav (10-9) Tracked leader, led 5 out, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Stonemadforspeed (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov sell hdl (4) gd.
Kims Firebud 14-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, prominent, lost place when not fluent 5th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Conducting (10-12) at Worcester 2m sll hdl (5) gf, 9 ran.
Mulligan's Man (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders on outside, jumped right 3rd, driven along before 3 out, no impression next, weakened flat, 4th of 9, 16l behind Conducting (10-12) at Worcester 2m sll hdl (5) gf.
Fair Breeze 33-1 (9-12) Tracked leading pair when blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Kyles Faith (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gd, 7 ran.
Tinctoria 12-1 (10-5) With leader, led 3 out, headed 2 out, ridden before last, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Mixed Message (10-5) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.