DEGOOCH couldn't match the finishing speed of Slim Pickens over 2m here last time but had won decisively over this longer trip at Carlisle earlier. He can complete a quick double for trainer and jockey, though won't find it easy to give 10lb to Aglaphonos if the four-year-old recaptures the form he showed when second twice at Ludlow in the autumn. Thatchers Gold was second over 2m here in May but turned in a shocker at Stratford earlier this month and Daring Indian also needs more.
Degooch (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked winner, jumped big 1st, not fluent 2 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Slim Pickens (11-5) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Daring Indian 25-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent, struggling from 5th, 5th of 6, well behind Breaking The Bank (11-5) at Worcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Thatchers Gold (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Prominent, jumped slowly and reminder 3rd, not fluent 5th, soon weakened, 11th of 14, well behind Retrieve (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Aglaophonos 5-2 (10-4) Close up, ridden 6th, weakened 2 out, 7th of 10, 34l behind Boondooma (10-9) at Fakenham 2m cond mdn hdle (4) gd in Mar.