Cyclone has been disappointing so far over timber and has been rather harshly raised a pound since his latest third at Newton Abbot. Early Applause won at Cartmel last month but is pretty much exposed and Asuncion has her first run for Rebecca Menzies since arriving from France. SPIN CAST is tried in blinkers and this looks easier than the race in which he finished third at Southwell in June - he may be good enough to defy top weight if on his best behaviour.
Spin Cast 33-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, blundered last, soon went 3rd, kept on, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Minella Reception (11-8) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Itstimeforapint (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, chased winner next, well held 3 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Boondooma (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Asuncion (10-5) 3rd of 11, 10l behind Aowin Du Banco (11-0) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f 4yo clm chs gs in Jun.
Mexican Border (GER) 28-1 (11-5) Chased leader, 4th halfway, slight mistake 4 out, no extra in 5th 2 out, weakened, 7th of 15, 34l behind Ashjar (11-4) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in May.
Early Applause 5-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, mistake 4th, steady headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders on long run to last, driven and went 3rd 1f out, stayed on to lead post, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul beating Dynamic Drive (10-6) by ns, 15 ran.
Cyclone 3-1fav (11-12) Held up, hampered 2nd, closed from 3rd, ridden and every chance when not fluent 2 out, lost 2nd when not fluent last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Tempuran (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Destiny Blue (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, one pace, 5th of 15, 18l behind Money Money Money (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.