Soubriquet has been running consistently well of late and has claims having finished third in his last three outings but he could probably do with some help from the handicapper, while Jonjo O'Neill's Two Miles West has given little sign for encouragement in three starts since winning at Worcester in June. Breaking Storm was held off the same mark that he races off today at Market Rasen last month and looks best watched as does Elliott Cooper's Flying Doctor, who has struggled over both fences and hurdles since winning a novice chase at Hexham in June. The vote then goes the way of Lucinda Russell's STORM PROSPECT, who made an encouraging return to hurdles after a spell chasing when a close fourth at Perth last month and he can resume winning ways.
Breaking Storm (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway on outside 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied approaching last, nearest finish, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Mumbles Pier (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Jul.
Flying Doctor 16-1 (10-12) In touch on inside, outpaced 4 out, weakened from next, 9th of 10, well behind Barnhill Brownie (10-9) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Two Miles West (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4th, weakened approaching 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Barnhill Brownie (10-11) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jul, 8 ran.
Soubriquet (IRE) 11-1 (10-2) Mid-division, in touch 6th, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, no impression when carried left between last 2, went 3rd last, never troubled leading pair, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Barnhill Brownie (10-9) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Storm Prospect 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching 2 out, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 4th of 9, 12l behind Word Of Warning (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf in Jul.
Samizdat (FR) 12-1 (11-5) With leader until 6th, weakened approaching 8th, 8th of 12, well behind Planetarium (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f sell hcp hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Apache Dawn 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, hit wing 8th, soon weakened, went poor 3rd before 2 out, 3rd of 8, 47l behind Front Of House (10-12) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (3) gf.