LONG WAVE has already won between the flags so the switch to fences isn't unexpected. He got off the mark over hurdles at Uttoxeter in July and will probably enjoy a fitness advantage over the majority of his rivals so is hard to oppose. Cara Court is the only other with a recent run under his belt. He was second over a shorter trip at Sedgefield at the start of the month. Susquehanna River was lightly-raced over hurdles and is another who should do well over the larger obstacles while Dark Glacier may do better for the switch to Peter Bowen but the others are probably best watched today.
Susquehanna River (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Led, jumped left and bumped 2nd, headed 6th, led before next, headed before 9th, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Union Saint (11-0) at Ludlow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Long Wave (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, hit 3rd, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Diamond's Return (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, pushed along and lost place 3rd, reminders before 7th, soon tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Beeves (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar, 13 ran.
Cornish Ice 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden 5th, well beaten 8th, 9th of 12, 35l behind Rich Buddy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Settledoutofcourt (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Towards rear, hampered 5th, headway to go 5th before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 11, 16l behind Candleford (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Cara Court (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Jumped right throughout, led narrowly, headed 4 out, soon lost place, rallied 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Sendiym (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Dukeofchesterwood 13-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until 8th, hit 10th, not fluent and ridden 12th, weakened after 14th, 4th of 14, 32l behind Nicky Tam (10-1) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.