David Pipe's Irish point-to-point winner, Quaddick Lake, is potentially well treated on his rules debut over fences judged by the pick of his hurdling form but may not represent great value so it may pay to look elsewhere for the winner of this contest. Colin Tizzard's Classic Clover has struggled against the handicapper since winning at Newton Abbot in June and of more interest may be recent Worcester hurdles winner Shergill, who can race off the same mark today and represents the in-form yard of Nigel Twiston-Davies but he has been pulled up in two previous starts over the larger obstacles. Dasher Reilly is readily discounted and preference is for Jonjo O'Neill's VICTORY SURGE, who ran too badly to be true on his chasing debut at Worcester last month and he looks worth another chance in a race that should not take a great deal of winning.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) Led until headed and dropped to 3rd at 4th, never travelling after, 4th and struggling next, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind There's No Panic (10-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jul.
Classic Clover 33-1 (11-9) Prominent, lost place when not fluent 5th, behind 8th, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Thenameescapesme (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Victory Surge (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Jumped right in rear, not fluent 4th, mistake 6th, hampered 9th, soon well behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Marked Man (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (4) gf in Jul, 11 ran.
Shergill (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Prominent, challenged 7th, led 9th, ridden approaching 3 out, stayed on under pressure flat, won at Worcester 3m am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jul beating Heezagrey (9-11) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Dasher Reilly (USA) 100-1 (10-0) Towards rear and ridden most of way, headway after 6th, lost place next, behind 10th, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Good Company (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.