A decent contest for the time of year and Eastlake is one for the short-list. He won here in May and has been quite highly tried since following up at Wetherby shortly after. Lord Villez and Pigeon Island may need this but Strumble Head comes here in good form having returned to winning ways at Ffos Las. He handles this quicker ground. Lawney Hill should find a race for Font off his current mark but this may be a little too competitive while Red Kingdom reserves his best for Musselburgh. ART BROKER has yet to win over fences and still needs to brush up his jumping a little but the handicapper has taken a real chance allotting him a mark of 111 as he's won off 11lb higher over hurdles. He could be worth an interest if allowed to start at generous odds.
Peachey Moment (USA) 4-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, headway before 11th, went 4th before last, one pace and no impression, 4th of 10, 14l behind Ray Diamond (10-6) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jul.
Lord Redsgirth (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) In touch, ridden 3 out, no impression, 5th of 9, 18l behind Glingerbank (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Aug.
Rockiteer (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Led to 3rd, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 16, 45l behind I Have Dreamed (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Jul.
Eastlake (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway from 5 out, weakened after next, soon eased, 5th of 7, well behind Premier Dane (11-4) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Pigeon Island 7-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, slow 1st and 10th, ridden and outpaced before 4 out, plugged on to modest 3rd in closing stages, 3rd of 5, 19l behind Allanard (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jun.
Strumble Head (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Jumped well, led, headed 2 out, rallied last, driven to lead again flat, stayed on gamely, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Aug beating Roses Legend (10-5) by nk, 6 ran.
Bhaltair (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Prominent, hit 3rd, dropped rear 6th, 5th of 6, 30l behind Humbel Ben (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, reminders after 7th, soon lost place, behind from 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Cape Tribulation (11-12) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Apr, 21 ran.
Rossbrin (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked winner, not fluent 8th, ridden approaching 14th, lost 2nd before 4 out, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 6, 43l behind Calusa Caldera (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug.
Font 12-1 (11-11) In touch and keen, went 3rd from 14th, one pace in 4th from 3 out, 4th of 9, 22l behind Stormhoek (11-1) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Art Broker (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, hit 7th, headway approaching 4 out, soon went 3rd, stayed on same pace, unable to challenge, 3rd of 6, 7l behind With Grace (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs in Aug.
Red Kingdom (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Led 7th, weakened quickly 10th, pulled up after next, in a race won by Bobowen (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Aug, 6 ran.
Lord Villez (FR) 20-1 (10-7) In rear, not fluent 1st, pushed along and detaced from 10th, headway before 4 out, chased winner from last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Garleton (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs (2) gd in May.
Rebeccas Choice (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Mid-division, pecked 4th, hit 9th, ridden after next, plugged on from 2 out, no chance, 6th of 15, 29l behind Sound Accord (10-4) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.