BALLYDUN OSCAR shaped quite well on his Rules debut here last month when runner-up to Settie Hill and is taken to go one better with the benefit of that experience behind him. The winner is quite useful at this level and the form has a solid feel to it in the context of this race. Ringa Ding Ding was 6l back in third that day and there is no reason to suspect that the gelding can turn things around here being far worse off at the weights. He still remains the main danger all the same. The rest have yet to deliver any noteworthy form over timber although Hoover Fever may have scope for improvement on just a second start for the Tizzard yard.
Ballydun Oscar (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, chased front pair 3 out, soon pushed along, went 2nd next, kept on same pace, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 7, 14l behind Settie Hill (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f (4) gd in Jun.
Diminpete 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, jumped right 1st, outpaced after 4th, weakened before 3 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, at Kempton 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Igougo (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Keen, held up in last pair, headway chasing leaders 3rd, slight peck next, slightly outpaced 3 out (normal 4 out), weakened before next, 4th of 6, dist behind Under The Woods (11-1) at Exeter 2m 3f (5) hvy in Apr.
Ringa Ding Ding 9-2 (10-13) With leader, led narrowly 4th, driven and headed turning into straight, soon ridden, 3rd and held when mistake 2 out, no danger after, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Settie Hill (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f (4) gd in Jun.
Royal Chieftain (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, outpaced after 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 6th of 7, dist behind Holryale (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (5) gd in Jun.
Dawn's Little Lady 250-1 (11-0) Towards rear, struggling when mistake 3 out, some late minor headway, never involved, 8th of 16, dist behind Grageelagh Girl (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 2f mdn (4) gd in Jun.
Secret Palace 15-2 (9-2) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, 24 1/4l behind Etaad (9-5) at Kempton 1m stks (6) pol in Oct.
Hoover Fever 25-1 (10-8) Not that fluent, mid-division, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, dist behind Sue Be It (11-4) at Stratford 2m 3f (4) gf in Jun.