Apart from a fall at Market Rasen last month, Discay has done well over hurdles so far. He has a double penalty to carry here but has already shown a liking for the track. Bathwick Street won twice on the Flat in the spring and will have needed a recent run at Ffos Las but A TAIL OF INTRIGUE's experience can see him home. He is back in novice company after a couple of fair runs in competitive handicaps and looks the pick of the weights.
Discay 11-10fav (11-5) Led after 1st, headed 3rd, not fluent next, with leader, led again narrowly 4 out, clear when not fluent 2 out, ridden out flat, won at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul beating The Rebel Panther (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway 9th, ridden chasing leaders before 2 out, weakened from last, 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Aalim (11-1) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd.
Bathwick Street 25-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed 4f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 27l behind Yaakooum (8-12) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gs (flat).
Blazing Glen (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Led, tended to jump left, headed after 3 out, outpaced before next, soon no chance with front pair, lost moderate 3rd near finish, 4th of 7, 27l behind Lucky Cody (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Market Mal 8-1 (12-0) Hdwy 9; wknd 13; wl bhnd when fell 3 out, in a race won by China House (12-0) at North Herefordshire 3m ptp gs in May, 11 ran.
Witness Appeal (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Always behind, struggling 4th, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Panache (10-7) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Made Of Diamonds 50-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, blundered 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 45l behind Seranwen (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Poetic Presence (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Prominent, pushed along 8f out, no impression on leading pair 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Alphabet Bay (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gf in May.