The formbook makes this a three-way shoot-out. MAN OF LEISURE can be considered the most improved hurdler in training this summer after beginning his winning spree off a mark of 95 at Ffos Las in June, now asked to operate off a mark of 134. However, he goes well here, has struck up a fine association with Rachael Green and showed no signs of the handicapper getting his measure when easing home at Market Rasen last time. Things are getting tougher but we''ll stick with him again. Salpierre chases a three-timer after Uttoxeter and Huntingdon successes over 3m plus in ordinary handicap company. Up 16lb for those two wins, he's in good heart and should make a good fist of things in receipt of 13lb from the selection. Thanks For Coming's seven efforts over fences have brought a mixture of letters and numbers and he was pulled up at Aintree latest. Perhaps this is an attempt to regain confidence back over hurdles but he has plenty on his plate against two such in-form sorts.
Man Of Leisure 9-2 (10-13) Towards rear, smooth headway before 2 out, led on bit 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd beating Leath Acra Mor (10-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Thanks For Coming 4-1 (11-3) Held up, mistakes, headway on outside 8th, reminder after 11th, weakened 14th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gullible Gordon (10-13) at Aintree 3m 1f cnd hcp chs (0-135) (3) gs in Jun, 7 ran.
Salpierre (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Chased leader, reminder after 5th, not fluent next, ridden after 7th, closed before 8th, led approaching 2 out, clear flat, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf beating High Ville (11-11) by 8l, 4 ran.
Five Star Wilsham (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, pulled up before 15th, in a race won by No Loose Change (11-7) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf, 12 ran.
Andhaar 33-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 7th, headway 4 out, challenged 2 out, one pace from last, 4th of 15, 9l behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Mission Complete (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along 2nd, mistake 8th, tailed off and pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Lord Lescribaa (10-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf, 10 ran.