Richard Johnson has ridden John Monash in his last four races but Gordon Elliott puts up 7lb claimer Darragh Meyer today to reduce his welter burden and the champion jockey switches to stablemate DOVE MOUNTAIN. The latter beat Mountain Kingdom here last month before finishing third at Tramore and looks the pick of the weights. Mirsaale is the potential fly in the ointment as he is rated 97 on the Flat and won over 2m in April. If he takes to jumping, he could outclass these.
Dove Mountain (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Held up, pushed along approaching 2 out in last, soon improved into 3rd, kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Coolfighter (11-6) at Tramore 2m gd in Aug.
Drummullagh Rocky (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Held up behind, headway 4 out, led narrowly on inside approaching 2 out, 2 lengths clear last, ridden and edged left flat, held on, won at Perth 2m 4f mdn (4) sft in Jul beating Tajseer (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Clear Spell (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Refused to race and took no part, at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Aug.
Hope For Glory 50-1 (11-0) Led, headed 4 out, ridden last, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 29 1/4l behind Crakehall Lad (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn (5) gd in Jul.
Mirsaale 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, on inside, weakened 2f out, 8th of 14, 12 1/4l behind Sandro Botticelli (9-0) at Sandown 2m lst stks (1) sft in Jul.
Mountain Kingdom (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd between last 2, 2 lengths down last, ridden and kept on same pace flat, always held, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Dove Mountain (10-12) at Perth 2m (4) sft in Jul.
Spinning Scooter 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 5th and ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 10, 23 1/2l behind Birch Hill (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn (5) gd in Jul.
John Monash 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, in 3rd, went 2nd 6th, challenged leader on bit before 2 out, soon led, easily, won at Perth 3m (4) sft in Jul beating Russian Regent (10-12) by 31l, 4 ran.