Alexander The Grey was headed right on the line by Topofthecotswolds at Stratford at the start of the month and the winner took a better race at that track last week. But Graeme McPherson’s 11-year-old is now 0-24 and is clearly not straightforward. Topofthecotswolds’ trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, runs DOUBLE COURT (NAP) in this and he’s an improving chaser judged on his victory over track and trip last month. Tempuran last ran over the larger obstacles in 2015 and he was beaten in a seller last time over hurdles. Pointed And Sharp has yet to complete in three runs over fences.
Deise Vu (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Reluctant to line up and led in, in touch when mistake and hampered 2nd, challenged 7th until after 4 out, no extra 2 out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Overtoujay (11-6) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Master Vintage 10-1 (11-6) Pulled hard, headway to lead 3rd, clear after 5th, jumped right and hit 7th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Alexander The Grey 5-2jfav (10-6) Pressed leader, led before 3rd, headed next, led after 5th, 4 lengths clear home turn, not fluent last, driven flat, headed last stride, 2nd of 6, nk behind Topofthecotswolds (11-11) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Pointed And Sharp (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Held up and behind, progress 10th, outpaced 12th, modest 4th when carried right 2 out, pulled up before last, at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Double Court (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 6th, slightly outpaced before 4 out, stayed on from 2 out, led last, drew clear flat, won at Worcester 2m hcp (5) gs in Jul beating Grand Coureur (10-4) by 5l, 9 ran.
Tempuran 6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, driven after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never threatened leaders, 5th of 12, 7 1/4l behind Capitoul (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (5) gd in Aug.
Hillview Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Not that fluent, chased leaders, lost place before 4 out, soon well held, 6th of 14, dist behind Samson (12-0) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
St Merryn (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) In rear, mistake 10th, tailed off, 7th of 10, 37 1/4l behind Code Of Law (10-4) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Triggywinkle (FR) 100-1 (10-0) Always behind, tailed off 4 out, pulled up after, at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Jun.