A P McCoy rode a treble at Southwell on Sunday and returns to action on board American Legend. He was sent off favourite at Uttoxeter but weakened up the straight and is in danger of becoming disappointing. Teak is an interesting runner as he caused a big shock when landing a stayers' race on the Flat at Goodwood last month. Long Wave was beaten at Southwell after winning at Fontwell but should confirm running with Wither Yenot, who still has something to learn about jumping fences. MONETARY FUND had no trouble scoring over track and trip three weeks ago and has bags of scope. A decent staying hurdler, he can follow up despite conceding weight all round.
Monetary Fund (USA) 4-6fav (11-7) Tracked leader, led 7th to before 10th, in touch, driven 4 out, led again 2 out, drew clear from last, won at Worcester 2m 7f beg chs (4) gf in Jul beating Minella Web (11-7) by 8l, 4 ran.
Long Wave (IRE) 6-4fav (11-6) Chased leaders, hit 10th, driven to lead approaching 3 out, soon challenged, headed last, no extra, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Best Boy Barney (11-2) at Southwell 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Wither Yenot (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 7th, rallied after 9th, under pressure 12th, soon weakened, tailed off, moderate 3rd, 3rd of 5, well behind Best Boy Barney (11-2) at Southwell 3m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Teak (IRE) .
American Legend (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Tracked leader, with winner from 12th, ridden to challenge before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 13, 27l behind Best Boy Barney (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
According To Sarah (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division on inside, headway 8th, tracked leading pair before 4 out, one pace when blundered next, soon weakened, lost moderate 3rd approaching last, tailed off, 4th of 11, 34l behind Midnight Oscar (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.