Two and a half miles on good ground represent ideal conditions for CAPE HIDEAWAY. He has proved a most consistent sort over timber for Mark Walford and goes well for his conditional pilot so all should be in place for a competitive performance. He was also only caught in the shadow of the post on his sole previous visit to the track. Western Miller showed improved form when scoring at Bangor and faces similar conditions here, although a rise of 8lb for that victory seems overly harsh. Third Act continues to garner place prize money and is another with conditions in his favour. Sam Noir is nicely weighted but both career success have arrived on soft ground.
Western Miller (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Made all, ridden approaching 2 out, clear before last, comfortably, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jun beating Barrys Jack (11-5) by 6l, 9 ran.
Kalifourchon (FR) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, dist behind Expedite (11-6) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Third Act (IRE) 9-2jfav (12-0) Chased leaders, hit 4th, 2nd 3 out, challenged and every chance next, ridden between last 2, 1 length down last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Billy My Boy (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp (4) gf in Apr.
Perseid (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Chased winner until ridden 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 5, 17 3/4l behind No Such Number (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Sam Noir 11-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place after 4th, never back competitive, well beaten after 2 out, 9th of 15, 11 1/2l behind Jigsaw Financial (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
L'Es Fremantle (FR) 100-1 (10-0) Jumped badly right 1st, close up, mistake 4th, soon lost place, pulled up 3 out, at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (5) gs in Dec.
Cape Hideaway 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division, well in touch 3 out, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 8, 6 1/2l behind Petrou (11-9) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jun.