Jokers And Rogues won here in April and made a bold bid to make all in a better race at Sedgefield a month ago so should be ready for this. Martila completed a double at Cartmel in mid-summer and though beaten a long way from her new mark here last month that was a better race. Nine Altars was in excellent form in the spring and won a handicap here before failing to sparkle over fences at Cartmel. But ARTHURS SECRET has a victory over hurdles at Musselburgh to his credit and has been in very good form on the Flat this summer so looks the one to be on.
Martila (FR) 7-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 3 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 17l behind Wisty (10-0) at Kelso 2m hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Nine Altars (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, soon no chance with front pair, plugged on in remote 3rd from last, tailed off, 3rd of 9, dist behind Altruism (11-2) at Cartmel 2m 1f (4) gd in May.
Arthurs Secret 5-1 (10-0) Chased clear leader, ridden to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1l behind An Fear Ciuin (10-0) at Catterick 2m hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Jokers And Rogues (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Led, clear to 3 out, drew clear again before next, ridden and reduced advantage between last 2, headed last, plugged on flat, held on for 2nd near finish, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Venue (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Claude Carter 10-1 (11-0) Made all, edged left before last, stayed on well, clear towards finish, won at Perth 2m (4) gs in Sep beating Weapon Of Choice (11-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
Makethedifference (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) In rear, not fluent and struggling 5th, stayed on from 2 out, went 4th flat, never on terms, 4th of 8, 21 1/2l behind Iniciar (11-10) at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Roll Of Thunder 22-1 (11-10) Behind, hit 2nd, struggling 4 out, last next, headway to chase front pair before 2 out, soon ridden, never on terms, lost 3rd after last, 4th of 9, 10 1/4l behind Vic's Last Stand (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Muwalla 5-1 (11-12) Held up in mid-division, headway after 4th, every chance 4 out, stayed on one pace from 2 out, 6th of 10, 10 3/4l behind Gwili Spar (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gd in Sep.