BIRD FOR LIFE has returned to action in good form and won at Wolverhampton before taking advantage of a lower mark on Turf and scoring over track and trip. She remains on a winning mark, despite a 3lb rise, and can confirm latest running with Norab, who went close at Bath earlier. Arty Campbell ran well here last month but was well beaten last time and winning hurdler/chaser New Millennium is preferred having posted a better effort over 1m5f at Bath. Lismore is another to note stepping up in trip for Sir Mark Prescott’s yard.
Arty Campbell (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, one pace and beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 12l behind Le Musee (9-4) at Chepstow 2m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Borak (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up and behind, closer and wide on home turn, chased leaders over 3f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 6, 6 1/4l behind Hidden Depths (9-0) at Bath 1m 6f hcp (5) fm in Jul.
Norab (GER) 7-1 (9-4) Prominent, restrained into midfield halfway, ridden over 4f out, kept no one pace, 7th of 12, 5 3/4l behind Bird For Life (8-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp (6) gd in Jul.
New Millennium (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) In touch, headway and close up 8f out, ridden and short of room over 1f out, stayed on, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Capricorn Prince (9-2) at Bath 1m 5f hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Aumerle 12-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 10th of 14, 16 1/2l behind Estrela Star (9-2) at Kempton 2m hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Bird For Life 12-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, some headway halfway, ridden over 3f out, driven to lead entering final furlong, ran on, won at Chepstow 2m hcp (6) gd in Jul beating Tin Fandango (9-4) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Batalha 16-1 (9-7) Led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f, 7th of 8, 6 3/4l behind Socially Shady (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Dropzone (USA) 5-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, hit 8th, under pressure 4 out, soon lost place, rallied after 2 out, stayed on into 3rd after last, nearest finish, 3rd of 8, 14l behind More Than Luck (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Boutan 25-1 (9-4) Midfield, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 2f out, 7th of 12, 8 3/4l behind Scarlet Ruby (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp (6) gd in Jul.
Lismore (IRE) 6-5fav (8-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along on outside 4f out, hung right and no impression final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 8, 4 3/4l behind Socially Shady (9-6) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Sehayli (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Behind, beaten 4 out, 8th of 9, 28l behind Scrutinise (10-11) at Plumpton 2m hcp (5) sft in Dec.