Worcester winner O'Callaghan Strand steps up in trip after finishing a well-beaten second at Uttoxeter last time and looks sure to figure, but DIDDLEY DEE's form looks slightly stronger. He scored at Uttoxeter before just failing to catch the winner back at the same track when given plenty of ground to make up. A return to winning ways looks imminent with the remaining pair both looking high enough in the weights for what they've achieved so far.
Diddley Dee 7-2fav (11-5) Held up well in rear, not fluent 2nd, still in rear 9th, headway when not fluent 3 out, ran on flat, went 2nd towards finish, given too much to do, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Moon Melody (9-8) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 10-3fav (11-6) Held up, headway approaching 6th, ridden before 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 21l behind Sansili (10-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Vicpol (ITY) 12-1 (10-6) Chased clear leader until 10th, close up when hampered and almost put on wrong course soon after, 4th and beaten when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 43l behind Scotsbrook Cloud (11-2) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
Rhyton (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Led until 2nd, close up, mistake 4th, led after 3 out, soon driven and headed, stayed on same pace, well held by winner last, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Spirit Is Needed (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd.