Bearaway can defy topweight at the expense of Amarula Ridge, Kings Brook and Saafend Rocket. Bearaway has been been rising in the handicap thanks to some good efforts this year, and has already been led into the winner's enclosure by the new incumbent at Bankhouse. He made a bold bid to defy a 9lb rise in the weights when second at Hexham recently, and should go close again here under Graham Lee. Amarula Ridge showed his wellbeing by landing a fast-ground amateur riders' event at Huntingdon recently, and with Tony McCoy in the saddle now, will be a popular choice. Richard Johnson instead rides Saafend Rocket who will be suited by the drop back in trip, after finishing fourth over two-and-a-half miles at Worcester last time. Kings Brook has been second on each of his last two outings, most recently at Newton Abbot, and should be knocking on the door again, while Kety Star will come on for a recent return at Stratford. In what is a close one to call, Bearaway has solid claims.
Bearaway (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Close up, led 3 out, headed approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Green Finger (10-5) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in Jun.
In The Frame (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway when mistake 7th, mistake again 9th, soon beaten, 7th of 11, 39l behind Mixsterthetrixster (10-13) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Kings Brook 7-1 (11-8) In touch, chased winner 4 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Bearaway (11-4) at N Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in Jun.
Amarula Ridge (IRE) 4-9fav (11-4) Held up, headway 3 out, every chance from 2 out, ridden and ran on to lead flat, won at Huntingdon 2m amt nov hdl (4) gf in May beating Sea Map (10-9) by a hd, 9 ran.
Kety Star (FR) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led briefly 3 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 7, 12l behind Tommy Spar (10-12) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Saafend Rocket (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leader, led approaching 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 8, 9l behind Goblin (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in Jun.
Bob's Buster 9-2 (10-6) Mistakes, held up in touch, headway and every chance 4 out, effort when mistake next, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 24l behind Green Finger (10-5) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in Jun.
Flahive's First 12-1 (9-9) Always behind, 6th of 8, 39l behind Goblin (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in Jun.