Bill The Yank won at Ballinrobe in July but has been well beaten in a couple of subsequent starts and has never raced on fast ground before. Cardinal Rose has been a big disappointment over hurdles so far and Goat Castle has also had plenty of chances, though should strip fitter for a recent fourth at Uttoxeter. SOUTH STACK isn't exactly reliable but won here in April and also on his latest start over 2m3f at Market Rasen. Charles Greene again takes off 7lb and he's probably the one to beat if on a going day with Thorsesby returning from a break.
South Stack 7-2fav (11-4) Held up towards rear, smooth headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, led approaching 2 out, hard ridden, all out (1 hurdle ommited), won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Aug beating Iktiview (10-10) by nk, 13 ran.
Bill The Yank (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Waited with well off the pace towards rear, closer order halfway, progress 4 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 7th of 20, 27l behind Sir Ector (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Aug.
Scourie Bay 9-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders on inside, hit 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Munlochy Bay (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jun.
Green Bank (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Waited with, kept on without threatening from 3 out, 8th of 18, 19l behind Playtime Ben (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Ripoff 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Trojan Sun (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr.
Cardinal Rose 9-2 (11-6) Held up, headway 5th, chased winner 7th until approaching 2 out, faded, 4th of 7, 21l behind Mr Tingle (11-9) at Bangor 3m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Thoresby (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Led, not fluent 6th, not fluent and headed next, ridden 3 out, one pace from next, 4th of 8, 15l behind Cecily Parsley (10-8) at Towcester 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Top Benefit (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Led until after 1st, tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 36l behind Sadler's Star (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Moscow In April (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Held up, not fluent 5th, soon carried head awkwardly, went 4th and jumped left 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 8, 15l behind Beggar's Velvet (10-12) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Goat Castle (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway after 6th, ridden approaching 3 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 16, 19l behind Gud Day (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Vinnie's Girl (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Held up, not fluent, weakened 7th, tailed off, 5th of 7, 46l behind Danvilla (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Thomas Bell (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Behind when blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Jewellery (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep, 13 ran.
Giveitachance (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) In touch, headway to chase leaders 5th, reminders after next, mistake 7th, soon lost place, behind and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jewellery (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep, 13 ran.