Walden Prince has a decent strike-rate and was only beaten half-a-length off this mark last week at Uttoxeter so must go on the short-list. Saffron Prince had Rakaia Rosa well behind when second at Fontwell last month and No Cardinal was tailed off when he won at Newton Abbot in July. But David Bridgwater’s charge was only sixth when ROMAN NUMERAL won here earlier and David Thompson’s runner is only a pound higher today despite a recent second at Hexham – he’d finished ahead of Carnaross and Gin And Tonic previously at Sedgefield. Toe To Toe wasn’t beaten far at Worcester a month ago but is 0-12 over fences.
Walden Prince (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Soon mid-division, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, soon ridden, switched left before last, every chance run-in, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Get Ready Freddy (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gs in Sep.
Saffron Prince 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, close up 9th, driven to chase leaders after 4 out, went 2nd after 2 out, soon ridden, kept on, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Spiritofchartwell (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Deise Vu (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Led to 1st, with leader, blundered 4th, led 6th, headed before 4 out, ridden before next, weakened run-in, 4th of 8, 25 1/4l behind Desertmore Hill (12-0) at Worcester 2m hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Rakaia Rosa (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Led to after 1st, tracked leader and soon clear of rest, led again 7th, blundered 9th, headed 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no chance with front pair before last, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Spiritofchartwell (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Money For Nothing 18-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 2nd 9th, not fluent 3 out, hung left before last, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 10 3/4l behind Accessallareas (10-1) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Carnaross 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, went modest 5th from 2 out, no impression, 5th of 9, 20 1/2l behind My Renaissance (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (5) gd in Sep.
No No Cardinal (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, mistake 3rd, led 6th, headed 4 out, weakened next, saddle looked to slip when well beaten 2 out, last of 7, 28 1/2l behind Saffron Prince (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp (5) gs in Jul.
Gin And Tonic 5-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, 7th of 9, 36 1/2l behind My Renaissance (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Accessallareas (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Jumped right, led until before 3rd, led next, headed before 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 11, 33 3/4l behind Exitas (11-6) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Roman Numeral (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Towards rear, outpaced before 4 out, went 2nd before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Dica (12-7) at Hexham 2m hcp (5) hvy in Sep.
Toe To Toe (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 7 out, chased leaders before 4 out, led 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Desertmore Hill (12-0) at Worcester 2m hcp (5) gd in Sep.