BALLYBOUGH GORTA jumped well and rarely looked in danger of defeat when scoring by 20 lengths over a longer trip at Cartmel last month. That was his second recent success at the Lakeland course and a hat-trick could be on the cards here despite a new career-high mark. Full Of Joy was well behind the selection two runs ago but was only beaten a neck at Worcester last time, though is 4lb higher now. Mostly Bob was raised 6lb after returning to form at Stratford in July but is still fairly treated on his best form and can't be ignored. The others, however, have plenty to prove at present.
Nataani (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, reminders before 5 out, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 15, well behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Ballybough Gorta (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Led to 4th, led again before 7th, clear from 3 out, won at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug beating Epee Celeste (10-2) by 20l, 8 ran.
Mostly Bob (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Led 1st until 5th, led 7th, pressed last, stayed on well, driven out, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul beating Beggar's Velvet (11-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Lough Derg Way (IRE) 10-3fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 8th, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 11l behind Finger Onthe Pulse (11-11) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jul.
Full Of Joy (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Held up, headway 8th, not fluent next, mistake 2 out, switched left flat, soon every chance, stayed on, held close home, 2nd of 7, nk behind Adrenalin Flight (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug.
Tuskar Rock (FR) 33-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, mistake 11th, outpaced after 16th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Emmaslegend (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jul '12, 15 ran.