IN THE ROUGH has plenty of weight for what he's achieved, having made pretty heavy weather of landing a course and distance maiden hurdle of no depth last time. However, there was little pace on that day and he looks the sort to benefit from a better gallop and is one of the few open to major improvement on what he's done so far. It's not the easiest task on the bare form on this handicap bow but he's almost certainly better than he's hitherto shown. Fintan may be into the veteran stage but has enjoyed a profitable spring and summer, coming smoothly clear here last time. He's still well weighted despite his penalty but that win only came in a seller and this is harder. Cinematique is of interest after posting a first hurdling success at Southwell when repelling the challenge of Edmaaj and should be competitive off a 5lb higher mark. Tenby Jewel, running in decent contests of late, has place claims.
In The Rough (IRE) 1-3fav (11-0) Held up in touch on outside, headway 6th, challenged 3 out, soon ridden, led between last 2, went right last, kept on under pressure flat, won at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Jun beating Paddocks Lounge (11-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 7-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, jumped right 8th, not fluent 10th or when taking 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, headed narrowly when fell last, in a race won by Buck Mulligan (11-3) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf, 7 ran.
Bedouin Bay 11-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, mistake and unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Sur La Mer (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs, 9 ran.
Dazinski 6-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway after 5th, shaken up before 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied final 100 yards, ran on, 5th of 8, 7l behind Pure Style (11-10) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Cinematique (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, reminder after 3rd (usual 6th), ridden and rallied into 2nd before 2 out, led before last, kept on well (all flights in back straight omitted), won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun beating Edmaaj (11-6) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Gud Day (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Always in rear, last of 11, 36l behind Hi Tide (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
The Snappy Poet 7-1 (10-11) Towards rear, went 2nd before 4 out, led before 3 out, just held on close home, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cond mdn hdle (5) gd beating Lucky Cody (10-8) by shd, 7 ran.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, ridden and headway after 3 out, went 3rd before next, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Ittirad (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Combustible Lady (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Patiently ridden in rear, steady headway on outside approaching 7th, 2nd after 3 out, challenged 2 out, driven upsides and every chance run-in, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind According To Sarah (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Key To Milan 7-1 (11-9) Took keen hold, led until 3rd, chased winner until pushed along before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, hit 3 out, tailed off and blundered last, 8th of 10, well behind Detour Ahead (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Fintan 7-2 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, won at Worcester 2m 4f (5) gf beating The Omen (10-0) by 11l, 16 ran.
Simmons 20-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders on outside, jumped left 1st and 2nd, lost place when not fluent 4th, closed 5th, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 10, 33l behind Tempuran (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.