ISTHEREADIFFERENCE finally got his act together at Ffos Las last month and may be capable of defying a 5lb weight rise in this. Hopstrings is consistent and looks a danger as she's won a point-to-point over this longer trip but Spice Hill has had plenty of chances under Rules. Ballycool is another who has won over 3m between the flags but he hasn't raced since April and Antihero has his first start since finishing second at Fakenham in June, though has more scope than the one-paced Blackstone Vegas.
Ballycool (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Chased clear leaders, ridden after 6th, left 3rd when jumped left 3 out, went left 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression in front pair, 3rd of 13, 25l behind Life And Soul (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Hopstrings 5-4 (10-10) Led, clear when jumped slowly 3rd, ridden into next, went clear again before 5th, reminder after next, jumped slowly again and reduced lead 7th, driven before 2 out, headed soon after last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 4, 1 3/4l behind Lucys Girl (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Isthereadifference (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 4 out, led before next, ridden 2 out, 4 lengths clear last, held on towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug beating Thomas Bell (9-11) by 1l, 12 ran.
Blackstone Vegas 10-1 (11-8) Held up, mistake 3rd, not fluent and ridden 3 out, not fluent next, stayed on to take 4th before last, never on terms, 4th of 8, 11l behind Burns Night (10-10) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Vicpol (ITY) 14-1 (11-4) Never going well, in touch until 4th, last next, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Royal Peak (10-6) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Aug, 7 ran.
Spice Hill (IRE) 11-8fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, led 2nd, not fluent 4th, headed 8th, weakened before 4 out, 5th of 8, 44l behind Crack At Dawn (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Snow Alert 33-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, outpaced before next, 5th of 12, 27l behind Harangue (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Marico (FR) 10-1 (10-10) In touch, reminders approaching 8th, pushed along before 11th, soon struggling, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Robobar (11-11) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug, 11 ran.
Antihero 25-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd approaching next, closed and edged left last, kept on towards finish, just failed, 2nd of 7, hd behind Storm To Pass (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Princesse Katie (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Close up, reminders before 4 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Beforeall (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Larkhall 100-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, lost place before
All The Fashion (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Prominent until before 8th, soon behind, pulled up after, in a race won by Tarvini (11-0) at Bangor 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug, 14 ran.