The veteran Green Park ran five times last month and performed with credit on each occasion. However, connections won't be happy with a 2lb rise for being beaten at Chester though Luke Leadbitter's claim will be a help in that respect. It will be interesting to see if Ruth Carr can get a tune out of Victoire De Lyphar, runner-up in the 2010 Ayr Gold Cup off a 17lb higher mark. He has an eye-shield for the first time and is one to note but Chookie Royale has done better since moving up to 7f. Lucky Numbers has won from higher marks and is quite capable of a big run but it's about time DEFENCE COUNCIL was winning again and his most recent run, when narrowly beaten by Take Cover on heavy ground at Haydock, puts him in pole position.
Victoire De Lyphar (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, weakened well over 1f out, 15th of 16, 10l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Sep.
Defence Council (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Raced stand side, slowly into stride, slowly into stride, held up, headway over 1f out, ran on well closing stages, never reached winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Take Cover (8-12) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Sep.
Sam Nombulist 11-2 (8-11) Bumped start, held up behind, never a factor, 7th of 12, 6l behind Common Touch (9-2) at Ayr 7f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Sep.
Lucky Numbers (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Raced far side, reared start, in touch, effort over 2f out, hung right and weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 11l behind Take Cover (8-12) at Haydock 6f hcp 0-90 (3) hvy in Sep.
Green Park (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Held up, headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind All Or Nothin (9-4) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Sunraider (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2f out, not clear run over 1f out, soon beaten, 5th of 10, 8l behind All Or Nothin (9-4) at Chester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep.
Barkston Ash 16-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Midnight Rider (9-7) at Warwick 6f hcp (3) sft.
Chookie Royale 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, chased leaders over 4f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, just held on for 2nd place close home, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Fieldgunner Kirkup (9-7) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug.
Namwahjobo (IRE) 22-1 (9-1) Dwelt, towards rear stand side, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 16th of 17, 11l behind Bonnie Charlie (8-10) at Thirsk 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Nasharra (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Dwelt, behind, headway and in touch on outside over 3f out, ridden and every chance inside final 2f, weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Dickie Le Davoir (9-1) at Newcastle 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep.