Gary Moore has sent out three winners in only four renewals of this. But none won under a penalty and Knocknanuss has his work cut out having won over track and trip back in May and being well beaten here when second a fortnight ago. Stablemate Now Listen Here did well to finish third at Fontwell considering his saddle slipped and he could be in the mix but the three-year-old LISP makes more appeal receiving weight from all after finishing runner-up at Fontwell last month on his hurdling debut. Not A Role Model is another likely improver along with the former Joseph O’Brien inmate Dream Baie.
Knocknanuss (IRE) 13-8 (11-4) Raced keenly, led, driven and headed before 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, well held when not fluent last, 2nd of 10, 11l behind Solomon Grey (10-12) at Plumpton 2m (4) gs in Dec.
Canyouhearmenow (IRE) 2-1 (11-10) Chsd ldrs in 3rd until 5l 3rd & pushed well bef 3out, rddn 3out & no ex in 15l 3rd 2out, ko onepcd, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Quarry Wizard (12-1) at Dromahane 3m mdn gs in May.
Dream Baie (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Mid-division and slight mistake 1st, soon improved to chase leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, no extra in 4th last, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 10 3/4l behind Midnight Stroll (11-10) at Galway 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Oct.
East Wing (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Towards rear and outpaced, tailed off 4 out, 7th of 10, dist behind Brahms De Clermont (11-4) at Taunton 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Havisham 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 10, dist behind Solomon Grey (10-12) at Plumpton 2m (4) gs in Dec.
Montycristo 28-1 (8-9) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 8, dist behind Piedita (9-5) at Lingfield 2m hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Must Havea Flutter (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders 8th, driven before 2 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 11, 19l behind Battle Of Ideas (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f mdn (4) gs in Dec.
Not A Role Model (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged 4th, led briefly next, ridden 2 out, one pace before last, 4th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Free Range (11-0) at Fakenham 2m mdn (4) gd in Nov.
Now Listen Here (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, hanging left when saddle slipped on bend and rider lost irons after 3 out, left 4th next, plugged on in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Norab (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 3f (4) gf in Jun.
Paddy's Poem 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake and weakened 2 out, 8th of 16, 34 1/2l behind First Flow (10-12) at Lingfield 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Rebel Collins (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Keen, prominent, led after 2nd, went right 4th, headed before next, chased leader, mistake 3 out, soon lost 2nd, chased leaders, weakened 2 out, 7th of 16, 34l behind First Flow (10-12) at Lingfield 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Thames Knight 25-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, mid-division, lost place 4th, behind from next, tailed off, 9th of 10, dist behind Solomon Grey (10-12) at Plumpton 2m (4) gs in Dec.
Lisp (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Took strong hold towards rear, soon tracked leaders, led from 5th until before 4 out, chased winner, ridden and one pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Jukebox Jive (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) gs in Nov.
Mere Ironmonger 5-2fav (11-3) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6 3/4l behind Gibbes Bay (10-10) at Ayr 2m (3) gs in Apr.