Solway Dandy has been placed on numerous occasions over shorter trips and this extra distance may suit. Keen Eye should have come on for his recent return to action at Southwell where he finished a remote fourth. But THE KINGS ASSASSIN has the best recent form with a close-up second at Newton Abbot and Chris Gordon's charge must go close in this company with a similar effort. He's preferred to Worcester runner-up Lygon Legend with last month's Newton Abbot winner Cash For Steel looking best of the rest.
Solway Dandy 3-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistake 4th, weakening when hampered 2 out, 5th of 10, 27l behind Politeness (11-4) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Keen Eye (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 4th of 11, 25l behind Moon Melody (10-0) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Finish The Story (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Mid-division, driven and lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, 41l behind Stephen Hero (11-2) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 9th, chased winner, held from 2 out, kept on and closed on eased down winner towards finish but readily held, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Silent Knight (10-13) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Lygon Legend 15-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent and went 2nd 3rd, led after 3 out, went left 2 out and last, soon headed, one pace, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Lisheen Hill (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Hit The Switch 33-1 (11-6) Led until ridden and headed after 6th, weakened after next, tailed off, 13th of 17, well behind Jazz Man (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Agent Louise 14-1 (10-0) Prominent, ridden after 4 out, outpaced and no impression on leaders before 3 out, 5th of 13, 16l behind Handsome Dan (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Farmers Cross (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, well beaten before 3 out, 9th of 17, 43l behind Jazz Man (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Cash For Steel (IRE) 3-1fav (10-6) Held up in rear, headway on outside 7th, driven after 3 out, went 2nd when mistake 2 out, flashed tail flat, stayed on, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Strong Wind (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Inandover 2-1 (10-10) Raced keenlky, led, pushed along before headed 3 out, soon beaten, fell next, in a race won by Waltzing Tornado (11-8) at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 5 ran.
Run Forest Run (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Chasing leaders when rider took wrong course and jumped 1st steeplechase fence, in a race won by Makellys Blackpool (9-11) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf, 11 ran.