Donald McCain and Brian Hughes have been teaming up to good effect lately and MIDDLEBROW will have benefited from a break since finishing last over hurdles at Perth in July. He’d won earlier over fences at Ffos Las, his fourth success over the larger obstacles. Bangor winner Malangen was still travelling well enough when falling here earlier this month and would be a danger with a clear round. Precious Bounty gets blinkers in attempt to manufacture a first victory while Royal Plaza hinted at a revival at Newton Abbot but is fully exposed.
Middlebrow (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway into 3rd before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, last of 5, 25l behind Kaizer (10-10) at Perth 2m (4) gs in Jul.
Precious Bounty (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Pressed winner, led 8th, headed after 4 out, lost 2nd before last, no extra, last of 4, 6l behind Lucky Robin (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Robin Des Mana (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 30 1/2l behind Atlantic Storm (11-5) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Royal Plaza 12-1 (10-13) Led until 9th, 3rd and looked well held 2 out, left close 2nd and hampered last, soon 3rd again and beaten, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Salto Chisco (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Malangen (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, in touch and going well enough when fell 3 out, at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Way Out West (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden before 2 out, in 6th from last, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 16 1/2l behind Earlofthecotswolds (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Feb.
River Purple 12-1 (10-0) Led, headed after 4 out, ridden and lost place after next, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 22 1/2l behind Global Domination (11-9) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in May.