Little separated WATCHING BRIEF and Outlaw Jack when they were third and fourth at Worcester last month but they meet on the same terms and David Brace’s charge can confirm the form. He is also 7lb better off with Decoration Of War than when beaten six lengths at Cartmel, where he probably pulled too hard in the early stages. One Handsome Dude was still beaten 13 lengths when third at Market Rasen but looks the pick of the remainder.
One Handsome Dude (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) Went into a clear lead, ridden after 3 out, pressed and headed 2 out, faded run in, 3rd of 7, 13l behind White Walker (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Ivilnoble (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, mistake 4th, reminders 5th, ridden in midfield after 9th, towards rear 4 out, weakening when pulled up before 2 out, at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in May.
Decoration Of War (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Mid-division, headway 3 out, led after 2 out, drew clear flat, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Aug beating Watching Brief (11-3) by 6l, 14 ran.
Eurowork (FR) 10-1 (11-12) Just worse than mid-division on outside, ridden along before 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up, at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Mar.
Hillview (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden after 3 out, one pace from before 2 out, 4th of 5, 16 1/4l behind Gladiatorial (11-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f (4) gd in Aug.
Confab (USA) 50-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, pushed along in 7th after 3 out, well beaten 2 out, 8th of 14, 27 3/4l behind Midnight Jewel (10-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Outlaw Jack (IRE) 15-2 (10-6) Chased leaders, every chance 3 out, went 2nd before the last, lost that placing run-in, lost 3rd post, 4th of 14, 3 3/4l behind Cry Wolf (10-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Lurgoe (GER) 18-1 (10-9) Chased leaders early until held up after 2nd, dropped to last after 3rd and pushed along, struggling after 5th and outpaced under 3 out, kept on from under 2 out, closed well into 4th near finish, no threat, 4th of 6, 18 3/4l behind Guinness Affair (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f (4) gd in Jul.
Stripe Of Honour (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Prominent, led before 2nd, headed after next, led 6th, soon headed, weakened approaching 8th, pulled up after 4 out, at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Watching Brief (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Led until 2nd, led 5th, headed before not fluent next, challenged 8th, no impression on winner from last, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Decoration Of War (11-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Aug.