Fort Gabriel’s winning run came to an end at Uttoxeter last month and he may be in the handicapper’s grip now. Irish raider Scripturient could be interesting but 2m6 around here looks too sharp for Strumble Head. Florida Calling has been threatening but is not the most consistent so WADE HARPER is preferred. Though still a maiden over fences, he probably came up against a decent recruit last time at Uttoxeter and has dropped to a fair mark.
Strumble Head (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, ridden approaching 3 out, soon one pace and beaten, modest 5th 2 out, 5th of 12, 10l behind Washed Ashore (11-4) at Market Rasen 3m hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Fort Gabriel (FR) 5-2jfav (11-5) Led, not fluent 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, 19 1/2l behind Kinari (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) sft in Jul.
Scripturient (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Led or disputed lead, pushed along and headed 3 out, soon no extra, 6th of 8, 27 1/4l behind Tiliver (11-7) at Sligo 2m 5f Yielding - Soft in Aug.
Wade Harper (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Held up in 4th, closer 12th, 3rd going well 14th, disputing 2nd 3 out, chance 2 out, outright 2nd approaching the last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Sebastian Beach (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Florida Calling (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Led, headed 9th, led again 11th, ridden and headed before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Urtheoneiwant (11-5) at Perth 3m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Jonagold 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, bumped 2nd, weakened before 2 out, soon lost 3rd, 4th of 8, 26 1/2l behind Jack Snipe (11-0) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Jul.
Kilcascan 9-1 (11-2) Led until 8th, tracked leader until bumped 13th, soon lost place, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, dist behind The Trigger (11-9) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Aug.