For a horse that doesn't always appear to put it all in, SUMNER is having a cracking time and can gain a third win of the campaign. The champion jockey gets on well with the gelding who has been cleverly placed by William Davies. He shoulders a 7lb penalty for an easy Stratford success and there are significant question marks about all rivals. Shinken Otto looks a threat but prefers his beloved Sedgefield, likewise Ballabrook if he can regain something like his best. Pasdelou hasn't been seen since early 2010, Balnagore continues to emit mixed form signals and pulled up latest, whilst Mischief Man was beaten over sixty lengths on his latest outing. The latter looks well treated though if delivering his best.
Schinken Otto (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Soon tracked leader, lost place 4 out, behind from next, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Cabbyl Doo (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Ballabrook (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Led until after 2nd, dropped himself out 4th, behind after, 4th of 5, 33l behind Mister Matt (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Sumner (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 6th, went 2nd 8th, led 3 out, clear from next, ridden out, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Rince Donn (10-8) by 7l, 5 ran.
Pasdelou (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Soon led, fell 7th, in a race won by King Jack (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Feb '10, 12 ran.
Balnagore 9-2fav (11-12) Prominent, lost place when bad mistake 6th, well behind after, pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Authentic Act (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun, 10 ran.
Mischief Man 13-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, pushed along after 9th, weakened 11th, 6th and no chance when blundered 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Princely Hero (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.