An awful race where GOOD OLD DAYS gets the vote ahead of Bunts Lleep and Mountain Creek. The selection was a beaten favourite at Worcester last time and will probably be suited by this drop back in trip to a distance that has seen him perform with credit in defeat in plenty of handicap chases now. True, he has not won for almost two years, but he looks just about the best of a poor bunch here. Bunts Lleep has been doing the rounds in Irish points just lately and so his form is hard to assess in the context of this race. However, despite being long in the tooth he will probably have enough ability to get competitive here on ground that suits. Mountain Creek remains a maiden after 19 starts, all but one of which were in his native Ireland. He needs to show plenty more than he did on his debut for the Pipe yard at Towcester in May, but now that they have had a few months to work on him that is entirely possible. Gus has run well off higher marks than this on plenty of occasions and this trip suits, although he wouldn't say no to a drop of rain to keep the ground genuinely good. If that is the case then he can have a big say. Little else appeals and we will return to Good Old Days.
Gus 20-1 (10-12) Led until 3rd, ridden after 6th, weakened approaching last, 5th of 9, 19l behind Stumped (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell (4) gd in Aug.
Quiditch D'ouxy (FR) 28-1 (11-5) Held up in last pair, well behind 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 13, 42l behind Golden Square (11-1) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Aug.
Good Old Days (IRE) 9-2fav (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway 12th, ridden after 14th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 14, 27l behind Quil Est Beau (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-85 (5) gf in Jul.
Bunts Lleep (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) In tch til ur 6out, in a race won by Rule Supreme (12-0) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun, 20 ran.
Rookery Lad 33-1 (11-12) Made most until headed approaching 7th, soon lost place, 7th of 14, 34l behind Berkeley Court (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-85 (5) gd in Aug.
Spiritwind (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in mid-division, weakened 4 out, 10th of 11, 46l behind Bolton Hall (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f Ladies sell hdl (5) gf in Aug.
The Walnut Tree (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up, headway and in touch 8th, reminders 10th, challenged briefly when mistake next, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Present Gale (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Aug.
Marktic Fashion (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Last when blundered 1st, soon well behind, not fluent 5th or 6th, fell 8th, in a race won by Ground Breaker (11-1) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug '08, 8 ran.
Scotch Corner (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, lost place 5th, soon behind, pulled up 10th, in a race won by Doc Reason (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug, 12 ran.
Mountain Creek (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 4th, 6th of 7, well behind Noticeable (11-12) at Towcester 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf in May.
Irish Stream (USA) 100-1 (10-2) Held up, not fluent 5th, headway next, short lived effort after 3 out, 5th of 9, 24l behind Benetwood (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Kercabellec (FR) 25-1 (9-7) In touch, reminders after 6th, mistake 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 16, 23l behind Red Jester (11-0) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Marado (IRE) 100-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, lost place 7th, soon ridden, tailed off from 4 out, 4th of 5, well behind Carrick Oscar (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f noc chs (4) gs in Aug.
Simiola 40-1 (10-6) Ridden 6th, always behind, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Cheeky Lad (10-8) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-90 (5) gf in Aug '06.