A race likely to be run at a decent gallop with several confirmed front-runners among the six entries. Golden Jeffrey has been struggling to get home but Nendrum has only found one too good the last twice and Chookie Royale made all at Sedgefield. MAN LOOK stays further so may well out-last his rivals, though Hexham scorer Strong Team will be poised to pounce should the trail-blazers cut each others’ throats.
Man Look 7-4 (11-12) Led, headed soon after 1st, tracked leader, led again approaching 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Apterix (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Nendrum (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Led, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on under pressure flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Titus Bolt (10-13) at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Chookie Royale 11-1 (12-1) Made all, clear 2nd, reduced lead 5th, ridden and ran on flat, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp (5) gf in Aug beating Strong Team (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
An Fear Ciuin (IRE) 11-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, not fluent 6th, ridden next, lost place 2 out, weakened before last, 9th of 15, 19 1/2l behind Celtic Flames (11-13) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Strong Team (IRE) 5-2fav (11-0) Mid-division, closed 4th, not fluent 3 out, not clear run before leading last, ran on well, clear towards finish, won at Hexham 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep beating Suggestion (11-7) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Golden Jeffrey (SWI) 8-1 (11-12) Led until after 4th, lost place before 2 out, no extra flat, 6th of 10, 14 3/4l behind Equus Millar (11-13) at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.