Pippa Greene is a possible in this with Nico de Boinville taking off 5lb as he already looked nicely treated. Natural High has been running on the Flat but Jolly Roger was well beaten in a claimer at Ffos Las on his latest start while The Weatherman is going backwards. Faith Jicaro isn't without a chance but Smadynium appears to have lost his way and TIDAL WAY may be a more interesting proposition. He did well as a four-year-old last season and is already a course and distance winner. Charlie Longsdon's gelding can shrug off an absence to take this.
Natural High (IRE) 6-4fav (11-3) Prominent, every chance 3 out, soon hard ridden, soon hard ridden and weakened, fell last, in a race won by Harry Hunt (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct '12, 11 ran.
Pippa Greene 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 2nd, challenging when not fluent 2 out, led before last, edged right flat, ridden clear, won at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs in May '12 beating Littledean Jimmy (11-0) by 6l, 8 ran.
Jolly Roger (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, lost place 4 out, soon outpaced, ridden and kept on from 2 out, went 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 8, 6l behind James Pollard (10-13) at Ffos Las 2m clm hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Tidal Way (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Super Collider (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Smadynium (FR) 9-4 (11-12) Led, reminder before 5th, reminders and headed 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 33l behind Rime Avec Gentil (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division, blundered badly and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Thunder Sheik (11-6) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Aug, 8 ran.
Hartside (GER) 12-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, 12th halfway, no threat in straight, weakened, 13th of 16, well behind Landero (11-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl gf in Jul.
The Weatherman (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, soon behind, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Lucky Landing (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.