Truxton King was capable on the flat and has shown some ability over hurdles in Ireland so it will be interesting to see what he achieves now in the care of Paul Nicholls but he has not looked completely in love with the jumping game and preference is for INVENTOR. Don McCain's gelding can reverse Market Rasen's Summer Hurdle form with Alazan, having ran too badly to be true in that event and he looks worth another chance judged by his earlier successes here and at Hexham. Jonjo O'Neill's Another Trump has not shown any worthwhile form in four runs over fences this term but may do better now switched back to hurdles, while Saltagioo has been running well but has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper. Nordwind was pulled up in the Summer Hurdle and is better than he showed that day but Inventor should be too good for him and can resume winning ways.
Inventor (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) In touch, bumped 1st, not fluent 5th, soon pushed along, weakened after 3 out, 13th of 17, 40l behind Australia Day (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd in Jul.
Son of Flicka 11-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden after 5th, well beaten 3 out, 8th of 14, 19l behind Mumbles Pier (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Jul.
Gloucester 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway in 9th 4 out, ridden in 8th approaching 2 out, 5th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 19, 17l behind Overturn (11-6) at Galway 2m hcp hdl gf in Jul.
Saltagioo (ITY) 13-2 (11-13) Held up in touch, chased leading pair 3 out, went 2nd before next, ridden between last 2, kept on, not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Dereks (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd.
Truxton King (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Soon mid-division, jumped big, no extra under pressure from 2 out, eased run-in, 21st of 25, 46l behind Jigalo (10-5) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Apr.
Nordwind (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Mid-division, jumped slowly 4th, weakened before next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Australia Day (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd in Jul, 17 ran.
Alazan (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 4th of 17, 24l behind Australia Day (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gd in Jul.
Another Trump (NZ) 11-2 (10-12) Chased leaders until lost place 8th, soon in rear and struggling, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Jimbatai (11-2) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Jul.
Dancewiththedevil (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 7, 37l behind Le Corvee (10-8) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Sweet World 12-1 (10-4) Held up in rear and keen, headway on inner approaching 2 out, kept on to chase winner last, always held, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Le Corvee (10-8) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.