High Gear has run respectably in defeat in recent starts and Jonjo O'Neill's gelding looks to have been found a suitable opportunity to resume winning ways, getting the vote ahead of Fieldsofclover and Corrib Drift. The last mentioned has shown improved form of late and has to be respected but is not certain to appreciate the step up in trip so looks best watched. Matthew Muroto has given little sign of encouragement of late, while Manly Money has slipped to a fair mark but needs to improve on recent form. Wild Knight has place claims but a bigger threat is likely to come from Emma Lavelle's Fieldsofclover who has been running well of late but is not certain to stay this far. The trip is of no concern to High Gear though and he is preferred.
Corrib Drift (USA) 9-2 (10-12) In touch, chased winner 4 out to next, one pace when not fluent 2 out, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Tommy Spar (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in Aug.
Fieldsofclover (IRE) 10-11fav (11-2) With leader, led approaching 6th, headed 8th, led again after 9th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon one pace, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Alfie's Sun (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Matthew Muroto (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway after 16th, ridden 4 out, every chance 3 out, one pace after, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Tom Sayers (11-10) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf.
Saucy Night 12-1 (11-3) Prominent, mistake 2nd, led 4th, headed 4 out, one pace, 4th of 11, 10l behind Smart Cavalier (11-11) at N Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Apr.
Monsieur Georges (FR) 20-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, headway 10th, mistake and lost place 11th, rallied from 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 14l behind River Indus (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
High Gear (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Held up in touch, headway 8th, ridden 15th, kept on under strong pressure from last, 4th of 7, 4l behind Blaze Ahead (10-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Manly Money 3-1fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, pecked 4 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 6, 6l behind Liberty Ben (11-11) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Wild Knight (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Mid-division, chased leaders 8th, led 12th, mistake and headed 13th, switched left approaching 3 out, one pace after, 3rd of 6, 19l behind Mighty Matters (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 5f amt hcp chs 0-100 (4) gf.