A tough race to call here for punters with very little between many of the leading lights but the principals look to be Coeur d'Alene, Professor Hegarty and Lusaka de Pembo and the vote is given to the last named. The selection was a fair second behind Donovan last time out. That form looks solid and off the same mark here he looks a value bet in an open affair. Coeur d'Alene rates the main danger on his latest second behind Win A Rose. However he travels well in his races but often finds less than expected off the bridle and he is taken on with this in mind. Professor Hegarty is another that could go well on his latest third behind Blue Sovereign but he just gave the impression the handicapper had caught up with him on that occasion and he is taken on with this in mind. Blaze Ahead is game and consistent and is sure to run his race but he is another that is hard to win with Amazing Valour hails from a yard in top form but he may just need the run after a 435 day break. Of the remainder Barracat was second behind Professor Hegarty and is another with place claims but in a race where few can be ruled out Lusaka de Pembo gets our vote.
Flight Command 6-1 (11-9) Held up, reminders 7th, weakened 4 out, last of 7, 32l behind Mighty Fine (11-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Professor Hegarty (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Mid-division, headway 10th, led 2 out, headed last and hung right, faded flat, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Blue Sovereign (11-6) at N Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gf.
Amazing Valour (IRE) 5-6fav (10-10) Led until headed 2nd, hit 7th, led again approaching next, clear from approaching 3 out, unextended, won at Perth 3m mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul '06 beating Mickey Gilroy (11-0) by 16l, 6 ran.
Duke Orsino (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) In touch, pushed along 6th, outpaced 8th, driven to chase leaders approaching 4 out, weakened next, last of 6, 37l behind Lord Rosskit (11-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Blaze Ahead (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, behind from 10th, 4th of 10, 42l behind Lord Ryeford (11-8) at N Abbot 2m 5f nov chs (3) gf.
Havenstone (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Led, hung left throughout, hit 7th, ran wide, headed after 3 out, soon beaten, 4th of 5, 25l behind Canadian Sunset (10-12) at Perth 3m nov hdl (4) gs in Aug.
Bajan Sunshine (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Held up in rear, struggling 8th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Bollitree Bob (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Jul, 11 ran.
Ashgreen 8-1 (11-12) Prominent until 3rd, close up, hit 9th and ridden, hampered next, led briefly 13th, soon weakened, tailed off from 3 out, 3rd of 6, well behind The Teuchter (10-6) at N Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft in Aug.
Ticket To Ride (FR) 5-1 (11-1) Towards rear, ridden 5th, stayed on from 3 out, hung right final 2f, 5th of 10, 9l behind Dad's Elect (11-5) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Lusaka De Pembo (FR) 6-5fav (11-2) Always prominent, led 11th, shaken up after 3 out, ridden flat, headed last strides, 2nd of 11, hd behind Donovan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Cassia Heights 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, weakened 2 out, 6th of 14, 11l behind Back In Business (11-10) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Barracat (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) In rear, headway 15th, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Professor Hegarty (11-9) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Blazing Hills 20-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 14th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Professor Hegarty (11-9) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Aug, 10 ran.
Coeur d'Alene 6-5fav (11-1) Held up, effort and headway approaching 9th, no impression, 2nd of 14, 10l behind Win A Rose (11-1) at N Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Missy Moscow (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Behind from 9th, 5th of 10, 44l behind Lord Ryeford (11-8) at N Abbot 2m 5f nov chs (3) gf.
Full On 11-2 (10-9) Held up, headway and in touch 7th, mistake and rider lost iron 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, ridden when hit last, stayed on under pressure to lead post, won at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Aug beating Caipiroska (11-9) by a hd, 13.
Pukka Tique 25-1 (10-8) Held up, ridden from 6th, stayed on to take 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Rash Moment (10-8) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Major Belle (FR) 11-2 (10-0) Mid-division, took closer order halfway, lost place 5 out, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up in race won by Eskimo Jack (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in May, 8 ran.