It's hard to look beyond MARODIMA in the opener, as Jamie Snowden's charge has leading form claims, has won at the track and will benefit from the assistance and claim of David Bass. With an official rating of 134, the gelding has 9lbs and upwards in hand of these and can lead home Roznic. Tim Vaughan has his runners going well and this likeable gelding is at his best over this trip, although there'd have to be a worry over his form at this particular track. Fellow veteran Heir To Be also has claims but would want rain to arrive, Deep Reflection is one-from-one over course and distance and Red Lancer could improve for cheek-pieces, but Marodima should be hard to peg back.
Marodima (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Led, hit 8th, headed 5 out, 3rd when hit 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 5th of 8, 33l behind Radetsky March (11-2) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jul.
Final Flyer (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, 7th 6out, fair 6th bef 3out until no impr in mod 5th when fell last, in a race won by Forlovenormoney (12-0) at Dawstown 3m ire ptp gd in May '09, 12 ran.
Deep Reflection 4-1 (12-0) Held up mid-division, headway approaching 4 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, quickly pulled up before last, in a race won by Miss Molly Be Rude (10-0) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Jul, 11 ran.
Sarin 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 10, 30l behind Three Ships (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
The Good Guy (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 4th, headed after 7th, weakened 3 out, 7th of 12, 29l behind Paddleyourowncanoe (10-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Red Lancer 17-2 (11-9) Mistakes, chased leader, lost 2nd after 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Dirar (10-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jul '09, 9 ran.
Heir To Be 9-1 (11-12) Chased leader until 7th, ridden approaching 3 out, not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Changing Lanes (11-10) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Smart John 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, lost place 7th, weakened from next, 9th of 10, well behind Albert Park (9-11) at Bangor 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Eljay's Boy 5-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, hampered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Master Somerville (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Golden Gem (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) In touch, outpaced 7th, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 27l behind Three Ships (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Rapide Plaisir (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway from 7th, chasing winner when not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, 2nd of 10, 21l behind Three Ships (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Roznic (FR) 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 4th, weakened flat, 8th of 12, 19l behind High Skies (10-5) at Worcester 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Jun.
The Mighty Bard (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) In rear, not fluent 4th, behind next, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Sahrati (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.