Heist did well to win at Sedgefield last month as he was the first off the bridle. But he was also aided by the fact that the clear leader fell at the last, which explains why the handicapper has only put him up a pound. KITCHAPOLY is preferred as he has more experience and has been knocking on the door again lately. Ballycool has his first run since May while Harrys Whim has been below par lately but Gin Cobbler likes it here and will probably try and make all again.
Kitchapoly (FR) 9-4fav (11-12) Tracked leader, effort to lead briefly over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Endeavor (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Ballycool (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Held up in touch, tracked leaders before 3 out, effort approaching last, soon ridden, one pace when rider dropped whip flat, no extra, 5th of 6, 4 3/4l behind Super Collider (11-7) at Hexham 2m hcp (4) hvy in May.
Heist (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced 5 out, headway before last, led soon after last, kept on, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp (4) gf in Sep beating Oliver's Gold (11-12) by 5l, 5 ran.
Harrys Whim 5-1 (11-9) Led, headed 7 out, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 6, dist behind Welsh Bard (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Gin Cobbler 28-1 (11-2) Held up, took keen hold, fell 5th, at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Sep.
Rupert Bear 12-1 (11-12) In rear, mistake 3rd, soon pushed along and struggling, tailed off, 6th of 7, dist behind Short Takes (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp (4) gs in Mar.