Keki Buku finally came good over course and distance last time when winning a decent little handicap from Tindaro, his first win since 2010 so there must be concerns about his ability to follow-up here. However, he should confirm placings with Oceana Gold and Trooper Clarence from that last run but CAPTAIN PAULIE may have his measure. One of a host of entries made for this contest by Evan Williams, he benefited from a fine ride to score at Uttoxeter last time for his young conditional pilot who resumes the association here and the pair can take advantage of the weight concession from the topweight. Stable companion Zama Zama is not ruled out either off 10-6.
Keki Buku (FR) 10-3 (10-13) In touch, headway after 5 out, went 2nd before 4 out, led 3 out, clear before last, won at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jun beating Tindaro (11-8) by 7l, 6 ran.
Oceana Gold 11-1 (11-0) Led until 2nd, lost place from 4th, ridden 6th, not fluent 8th, well beaten 4 out, mistake 2 out, last of 6, 42l behind Dineur (10-6) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf.
Trooper Clarence 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 4 out, jumped left 3 out and 2 out, 4th of 6, 31l behind Keki Buku (10-13) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jun.
Woody Waller 40-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, reminder after 4th, not fluent 7th, lost place next, well held after, 6th of 7, 39l behind Anay Turge (11-0) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Captain Paulie (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, switched inside 5 out, switched right to challenge before 3 out, led narrowly next, ridden and held on flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in May beating Accessallareas (11-7) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Zama Zama 4-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5th, behind and struggling 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 39l behind Party Palace (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.