My Retraet, Brochrua and Sgt Pepper are three against the field in a competitive opener and the narrow vote is given to Brochrua. The selection was a fair third behind Blandings Castle last time out, that form has since been franked and under similar conditions and off the same mark here he will be hard to beat. My Retreat rates the main danger on his latest fourth behind Dizzy Future but the drop in trip has to be a concern. Sgt Pepper hails from a yard in form but ran as if in the handicappers grip last time and is past over with this in mind. Mirant has the ability to go close but does not always ordain to use it. Of the others Tayani has dropped to a handy mark but has shown very little of late and for the winner we are happy to return to Brochrua.
Mirant 25-1 (10-6) Led, clear 3rd to 7th, headed after 3 out, weakened quickly, 5th of 8, 43l behind Proprioception (10-12) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Sept.
Sgt Pepper (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, 7th of 8, 30l behind Harry Potter (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Sept.
Brochrua (IRE) 5-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 24l behind Blandings Castle (10-0) at N Abbot 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Island Warrior (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led, headed 3rd, remained prominent, not fluent 5th, ridden to challange 4 out, weakened next, last of 7, well behind Snob Wells (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f cnd sll hdl (5) gf in Aug.
Barum Belle 66-1 (10-5) Chased leaders until weakened quickly approaching 5th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Key Phil (10-2) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Sept, 11 ran.
My Retreat (USA) 11-2 (10-1) In rear, pushed along 5th, stayed on from after 3 out, not trouble leaders, 4th of 16, 11l behind Dizzy Future (10-5) at Stratford 2m 6f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sept.
Tianyi (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Prominent, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 12, 22l behind Lojo (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f sll hcp hdl (5) gf in Sept.
Redneck Girl (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Held up, lost touch 6th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind High Hope (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.