Houston Dynimo got off the mark at the seventh time of asking over hurdles when winning a handicap by seven lengths at Market Rasen. He looks vulnerable on this stiffer course under a penalty, however, with Proud Times sure to build on a couple of seconds last season and both Ingleby Spirit and former Luca Cumani inmate Loden bringing winning form on the Flat into the race. John Ferguson has made a terrific start to his training career and it may be significant that he sends French import MONARCH'S WAY all the way from Newmarket for this. He may have the class to make a winning debut over timber.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leader, driven to challenge when left in lead 2 out, soon clear, redily, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug beating Saute (11-7) by 7l, 7 ran.
Captain Peachey 14-1 (8-10) Always in rear, 10th of 12, 20l behind Emeralds Spirit (9-9) at Ayr 1m app hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep (flat).
Carlitos Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Chased leader until 3f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 13, 12l behind Smart Violetta (9-2) at Carlisle 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep (flat).
Forrest Lemons 28-1 (10-12) With winner, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no chance with winner approaching last, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Sara's Smile (10-12) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Ingleby Spirit 40-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, driven and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 19, 16l behind Taqleed (9-1) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep (flat).
Loden 6-4fav (8-10) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, went 3rd over 7f out, ridden 2f out, led entering final furlong, kept on, caught post, 2nd of 6, shd behind Denton (9-5) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jun (flat).
Monarch's Way 13-2 (8-7) 98th of 17, nk behind Angolaner (9-5) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 7f hcp gs in Jun (flat).
Penton Hook 66-1 (11-0) Keen early, held up, always behind, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Dunowen Point (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Proud Times (USA) 5-6fav (11-1) Chased leaders, not fluent 4 out, soon hard driven, every chance after last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Pokfulham (11-8) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Middlebrook (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear and keen, pushed along after 4th, weakened from 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Layla's Dancer (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Exit To Anywhere 25-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, in a race won by Shifting Gold (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Ros Castle (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Castlehaven.