Bathwick Scanno was well clear of the third when runner-up to Dance For Livvy on his hurdles bow at Hexham in June. That experience will stand him in good stead here but he is still a maiden under Rules. Red Riverman and Spartan King may have trouble with the trip but Hawridge Knight was placed over 1m4f on the Flat and Jack's Revenge won three times on the level earlier this year and will have been well schooled. DARK SPIRIT got her act together on the Flat when given a test of stamina, however, and can carry that improvement into this new sphere. Her latest second at Ffos Las was a further step up the ladder.
Basilica 9-1 (10-12) Close up and keen, led after 2nd, ran wide and headed on bend before 4 out, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Arctic Reach (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Bathwick Scanno (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and hard pressed between last 2, headed narrowly before last, kept on, no extra final 110 yards, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Dance For Livvy (10-5) at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Hawridge Knight 5-1 (8-11) Chased leading pair, squeezed through on inside to 2nd 2f out until inside final 2f, no impression when lost 3rd close home, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Peachez (9-5) at Bath 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul (flat).
Jack's Revenge (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 9th of 11, 31l behind Pandorica (9-1) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Jun (flat).
Looney Les (IRE) 100-1 (9-3) In touch, ridden over 4f out, weakened halfway, 4th of 12, 18l behind Beechcraft Baron (9-0) at Southwell 7f mdn stks (5) fbs in Aug (flat).
Red Riverman 7-1 (8-8) In rear, never a factor, 7th of 10, 15l behind Sacrosanctus (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul (flat).
Spartan King (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Very slowly away, behind centre, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 14l behind Dannios (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Dark Spirit (IRE) 7-2 (8-5) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Dr Livingstone (10-0) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug (flat).
High Fallutin (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Prominent in chasing group, ridden after 5th, weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Kissing Clara (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo sll hdl (5) gf in Aug.