Approaching Land needs to jump better but in the hope that he does, Mick Easterby's charge is selected ahead of Wise Tale, with Reflex Blue and In Good Faith others worth a mention at least. Approaching Land is still a maiden, but since being dropped to this level has definitely looked capable of opening his account. He can be considered unlucky of late as he was was in contention and going as well as anything at both Fakenham and Sedgefield when coming to grief, and a clear round should see him finally come out on top. The fact that he is not a safe conveyance means he is not one to lump on though, and only a small wager is advised. Wise Tale has gone backwards since his win last year but Peter Niven will no doubt get to the bottom of his problems, and the booking of Graham Lee catches the eye. Reflex Blue takes a drop in grade and is a past course winner, while In Good faith returns from a break and surely does not have any improvement at the age of 13. All in all, this is a race not worth deliberating too long over, and we return to Approaching Land as the possible answer.
Approaching Land (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) In touch when fell 4 out in race won by High Country (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (F) gf in Aug, 12 ran.
It's Harry 3-1fav (11-1) In touch, lost place after 6th, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Angie's Double (10-7) at Southwell 2m 5f nov sll hdl (G) gd in Jul, 14 ran.
Penny's Crown 16-1 (9-8) Held up, headway 8th, weakened 9th, 5th of 8, 30l behind Little Task (9-12) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (D) gd.
Wise Tale 12-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, ridden 6th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Arm And A Leg (11-1) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (E) gs in Aug, 9 ran.
Sungio 14-1 (10-1) Led 2nd, headed when hit 3 out and weakened, 6th of 7, 25l behind Leopold (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (E) gf.
Rattina (GER) 22-1 (10-3) Led until headed after 4th, hit 7th, ridden and outpaced 10th, kept on from 3 out, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Erins Lass (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-90 (F) gd in Aug.
In Good Faith 4-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, 4th and weakening when stumbled badly 3 out, no chance when pulled up at the last in race won by Fallout (10-4) at Exeter 2m 1f mrs nov hdl (E) hvy in Apr, 7 ran.
Reflex Blue 14-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway after 3rd, ridden approaching 2 out, hampered and left 3rd last, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 15l behind Mister Moussac (10-4) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (E) gf.