Miss Ladybird and Mouseen will both be popular after wins last time and each has a chance, but preference is for GARAFENA. Richard Lee does well at this track and his stats include a win for the selection over course and distance, and on fast ground, in June. She disappointed last time when there was cut in the ground, and a 2lb drop since then won't do her chance any harm. She is definitely better when conditions are on the fast side and she can come back to form this time. Miss Ladybird is no easybeat after winning a Uttoxeter handicap hurdle a shade cosily, but going up 16lbs. The handicapper has certainly asked her a searching question here and she will find it much tougher now. Mouseen won by four lengths at Newton Abbot and escapes a penalty in this. Conditions and trip also suit the Alhaarth gelding and he can go well. Snake Hips is proving very difficult to win with for Evan Williams, and both Crazy Bold and Crosby Jemma look short on gears. Farne Island is capable of being thereabouts but is likely to find at least one too good and we hope one of those is Garafena.
Snake Hips 12-1 (11-10) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leader 2 out, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 12l behind Home (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Crazy Bold (GER) 8-1 (11-6) Mid-division, pulled hard, headway approaching 7th, ridden to chase winner 2 out, lost 2nd, no extra flat, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind King Ozzy (11-3) at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Crosby Jemma 10-1 (10-2) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led after 3 out, ridden and headed flat, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Overrule (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Miss Ladybird (USA) 20-1 (10-13) Carried right 1st, soon in touch, led on extended run to last, driven flat, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl (5) gf in Jun beating Maria Antonia (10-12) by 3l, 12 ran.
Peaceful Means (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 5 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened 3 out, 6th of 13, 21l behind Semi Detached (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Apache Dawn 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway after 5th, chased leader when not fluent 3 out, lost 2nd when mistake 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 15l behind Kickahead (11-7) at Stratford 2m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Aug.
Farne Island 10-3 (10-13) Led 1st, raced keen, soon headed, blundered 4th, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on from final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Annibale Caro (11-5) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jul.
Raise Again (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, hampered on bend approaching 5th, soon struggling, 8th of 13, well behind Maria Antonia (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Mouseen (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Made all, strongly pecked from 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 4yo mdn stks (5) gf in Aug beating Seader (10-7) by 4l, 10 ran.
Won More Night 13-2 (11-12) Carried right 1st, chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led after 5th, ridden and headed after 2out, weakened last, 5th of 12, 14l behind Miss Ladybird (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl (5) gf in Jun.
Tarvini (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Chased leaders on outside, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 8th of 10, 24l behind Zafar (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Fairwood Melody (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Always behind, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when bad mistake last, 14th of 15, well behind Mcswynes Bay (10-4) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Aug.
Vinnes Friend (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Soon led, ridden and headed before straight, weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Born High (10-13) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 gd in Aug, 21 ran.
Local Present (IRE) 4-1fav (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 8th, 11th of 14, 46l behind Sir Ian (11-7) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr.
Double Spectre (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, hampered on bend and unseated rider approaching 5th, in a race won by Maria Antonia (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug, 13 ran.
Garafena 6-1 (11-1) Raced in 4th and soon well off the pace, ridden 5th, lost touch next and soon pulled up, in a race won by Sweet World (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Aug, 6 ran.