GUNG HO had placed form on soft ground in his native France and ran well at Bath on his first start for Tony Newcombe last month. An apprentice's allowance makes today's task that much easier and he gets the nod. Halwaytocootehill can figure at this level and Omega Omega finished closer over a shorter trip on her latest start. Operateur has been placed off his current mark on more than one occasion of late but hasn't raced since June, while Aegean Destiny may get involved after making the frame over 2m at this track last time.
Gung Ho (FR) 18-1 (9-11) Held up in mid-division, headway under pressure on outside 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Cabuchon (8-13) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Operateur (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, pushed along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, went 3rd entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Medieval Bishop (8-7) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jun.
Aegean Destiny 14-1 (9-8) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Torero (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Rahy's Promise (USA) 5-1 (8-9) Dispted 2nd until ridden 3f out, weakened rapidly when hampered inside final 3f, tailed off and eased final furlong, 7th of 8, 29l behind Arashi (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 11-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 11, 9l behind Torero (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Father Shine (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Prominent, chasing winner when lost 2nd 2f out, weakened quickly, 6th of 11, 21l behind Kazbow (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.
Funky Munky 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 14l behind Forced Family Fun (9-4) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft.
Denison Flyer 20-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 12, 17l behind Categorical (10-0) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Nov.
Omega Omega 20-1 (9-0) Chased leading trio, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on same pace in 4th final furlong, 4th of 6, 3l behind Petersboden (9-1) at Bath 1m 2f hcp (6) fm in Sep.
Dubara Reef (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Led 2f, tracked leader, pushed along over 3f out, soon led, headed over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Iron Butterfly (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Dan's Heir 16-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 9th of 11, 13l behind Torero (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gs.
Halfwaytocootehill (IRE) 7-1 (8-5) Towards rear, ridden over 4f out, headway under pressure on wide outside entering straight, effort when hung left inside final 2f, stayed on to take 3rd near finish, no impression, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Mystery Drama (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.