With little to recommend the likes of Alfie Bet, Moscow Player, Just Dan and One More Cent, this should lie between the other three runners with MR SYNTAX looking the one to beat. Tim Fitzgerald's gelding has been placed in each of his seven starts so far, finding just one too good in each of his last three starts, and the son of King's Theatre can open his account. James Lambe's runners always warrant respect and his representative, Kingsmoss, is no exception but the Irish point-to-point winner needs to improve on the form shown over hurdles in Ireland to get involved at the business end of the race. Martin Todhunter's Cailin Na Ri has performed creditably in better races than this during the summer and has solid claims on his first outing since August but Mr Syntax has plenty in hand on official BHA ratings and can gain a deserved first success.
Alfie Bet 100-1 (10-9) Held up in 4th, went 3rd approaching 5th until mistake next, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, 42l behind Bruslini (10-12) at Haydock 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Moscow Player (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Always in rear, not fluent 4th, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Chester Lad (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 15 ran.
Mr Syntax (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4th, chased winner last, no impression, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Gus Macrae (11-1) at Hereford 2m 1f NH mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Just Dan 150-1 (10-6) In touch, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 11, 32l behind Prioryjo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f am nov sll hdl (5) gf.
Cailin Na Ri (IRE) 9-4 (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching last, soon weakened, 4th of 13, 11l behind Just Moscow (10-10) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
One More Cent 300-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, struggling when hit 8th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Chester Lad (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 15 ran.
Kingsmoss (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd approaching 3 out, in touch when mistake 2 out, soon no extra, 8th of 13, 50l behind False Evidence (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Feb.