Richard Woollacott has made a fine impression in his first season training under Rules and Allerford Jack should go well for the thriving yard after battling on gamely to score at Worcester last time. However, he has a 7lb penalty for that success and the progressive 5-y-o WHISTLING SENATOR is awarded the vote. He'd been narrowly headed when falling at the last at Market Rasen on his chasing debut and has plenty of scope for improvement over fences. He looks on a reasonable mark but a 6lb rise for failing to complete that day looks harsh. Delgany Gunner is having a stellar season with three wins already and only beaten less than a length the last twice. He's 25lb higher than when scoring here back in May over 2m5f but cannot be discounted from any calculations in his current high form.
Sadler's Star (GER) 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden after 9th, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 7, 19l behind Forty Five (11-12) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.
Noble Witness (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place after 14th, weakened approaching 4 out, 6th of 11, well behind La Pantera Rosa (10-13) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in May.
Allerford Jack 10-3fav (11-9) Held up behind, headway 12th, led 3 out, 2 lengths clear when mistake last, ridden and hard pressed flat, just held on, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd beating Chandlers Cross (10-1) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Whistling Senator (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders 7th, went 2nd before next, led 4 out, headed narrowly 2 out, every chance when fell last, in a race won by Airmen's Friend (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun, 9 ran.
Chase Gate 14-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, soon tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place 6th, headway 11th, weakened 5 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Noble Commander (10-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jun, 7 ran.
Backfromthecongo (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, 8th of 14, well behind Allerford Jack (11-9) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Delgany Gunner 3-1fav (10-4) Pressed leader, led 8th, driven and hard pressed after 2 out (usual 4 out), headed narrowly when carried left last, soon ridden, rallied flat, just held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Sean Airgead (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Areuwitmenow (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Mid-division on inside, struggling 10th, soon lost touch and pulled up, in a race won by Inamalabalusaloon (10-13) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gs, 10 ran.
Bobby Bullock (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) In touch on outside, joined winner 5th, led narrowly 8th to 10th, outpaced when hung left approaching 3 out, no chance with winner approaching next, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Aqualung (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft.
Von Galen (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) In touch, headway to join winner 10th, lost place 15th, outpaced when mistake 2 out, weakened after last, 6th of 7, 16l behind Danny John Boy (10-12) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Massachusetts 50-1 (10-5) With leader until lost place from 6th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Billy Blade (10-13) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft, 12 ran.