This quartet look quite closely matched at the weights but MR MOUNTAIN is backed up by a recent course and distance victory and still has some scope over hurdles. He gets the nod with Kamool struggling to get his head in front and Nikki Steel beaten twice since scoring at Uttoxeter in June, though the ex-pointer is almost certain to appreciate the step up in distance. Buy Me Out has already run eight times over hurdles and is proving hard to predict.
Mr Mountain (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along 7th, headway before 2 out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn (4) gf in Jul beating Princess Roania (10-7) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Nikki Steel (IRE) 9-4 (11-5) Chased leaders, ridden and went 2nd after 3 out, no impression last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Alcock And Brown (11-3) at Worcester 2m (4) gd in Jul.
Buy Me Out 7-1 (11-7) Mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, driven and one pace between last 2, soon ridden, no impression before last, 5th of 9, 6 1/2l behind Ginjo (10-0) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Kamool (GER) 9-4 (11-9) Chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, 2nd next, no chance with winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Luccombe Down (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Jul.