Castlerock hasn't raced since early June but the champion still prefers him to I Can Run Can You, who won twice in the spring. Bulwark could be interesting with a couple of recent runs on the Flat under his belt and makes more appeal than the disappointing Word Of Warning. Paddy The Hare doesn't appear to find much off the bridle and Consulate may have too much weight now while Rossbrin and Giant O Murchu return from a break. WHAT'S OCCURIN won over this trip at Market Rasen last month and looks to be back on track now. He's been harshly treated by the handicapper but, with question marks hanging over most of his rivals, is probably worth sticking with here.
Castlerock 11-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway 7th, soon chasing leaders, ridden to challenge approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Red Not Blue (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
What's Occurrin 4-1 (11-6) Led until 3 out, rallied when mistake next, led last, hard ridden, stayed on gamely, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug beating Pollen Jock (11-2) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Consulate (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 9, 15l behind Illysantachristina (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf.
Word of Warning 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, ridden after 3 out, in 4th 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 13, 19l behind Jeu De Roseau (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Bulwark (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Led to 2nd, remained close up, one pace from last, 4th of 11, 6l behind High Gales (11-5) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep '09.
I Can Run Can You (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Prominent, reminders after 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Jocheski (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
Paddy The Hare (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Held up in rear, closed 3rd, went 3rd 5th, not fluent and beaten 3 out, soon 4th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 8, 21l behind Cresswell Bramble (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Rossbrin (IRE) 5-1fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, one pace from 3 out, no impression, 5th of 14, 12l behind Fade To Grey (11-6) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Giant O Murchu (IRE) 11-4fav (10-13) Tracked leader and keen, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 7, well behind Teshali (10-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.