Nothing makes strong appeal but if GOOD NEWS can repeat the improved form displayed after a 514-day lay-off when scoring over course and distance last time then he could prove hard to beat. That success was something of a bolt from the blue both in terms of returning from a long absence and relatively modest previous form. It will be interesting to see if he can follow up here. Pleney was another to reveal improvement after a break last time when a close third at Hexham and could be a player despite the steadier of 12-7 in this ground. Hold Me Tight is still a maiden but has a chance if forgiven his latest start as previous efforts were solid and Robin De Broome is one to note in the market off his featherweight for Olly Murphy.
Pleney 5-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, soon reminders, chased winner from 2 out, ridden before last, no impression, lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Court Baloo (10-12) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Good News 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, challenged after 3 out, ridden after next, led last, edged right and kept on well flat, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Oct beating Timely Gift (10-5) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
First Assembly (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led, edged left on stable bend after 4th, headed bend before 2 out, soon weakened, mistake at 2 out, 4th of 6, dist behind Enrilo (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f (4) gd in Oct.
Hold Me Tight (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 15th of 17, dist behind Guardia Top (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Polar Light 25-1 (11-5) Held up behind, struggling when blundered and unseated rider 4 out, at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Jonnigraig (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway and pushed along in modest 5th after 3 out, never a threat, 5th of 11, 17l behind Viking Ruby (10-10) at Taunton 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Bluebell Sally (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, struggling 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 8, dist behind Realta Dawn (10-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gf in Oct.
False Getaway (IRE) 50-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, 16th of 17, dist behind Minnie Escape (10-2) at Chepstow 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Robin De Broome (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Towards rear, mistake 5th, well behind 3 out, 8th of 10, 37 1/2l behind Petrucci (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Aug.