Gunner Rose has struggled off higher marks since winning at Southwell in July but Thirtytwo Red showed improved form at Uttoxeter nine days ago and Royal Mile was placed three times over fences last season and should find a small race this winter. FACTOTUM was only beaten a head over hurdles off this mark at Huntingdon earlier this month. He has yet to make the frame in 10 starts over fences but this looks a modest finale and it would be no surprise if he put the record straight today. Turbulance is one-paced but could stay on into a place.
Factotum 4-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 8th, chased leaders 3 out, led 2 out, hit last, headed flat, stayed on under pressure, just failed, 2nd of 8, hd behind Everdon Brook (10-2) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Musical Wedge 8-1 (11-12) Prominent, blundered 3rd, lost place next, behind after 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Bennys Well (10-10) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun, 11 ran.
Gunner Rose 11-2 (11-10) In touch on inside, headway when hit 3 out, ridden to chase leading pair approaching bypassed 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 3rd post, 4th of 10, 6l behind Or de Grugy (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Bonoman (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led before 3 out, soon headed, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Copper Carroll (10-1) at Ffos Las 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Royaume Bleu (FR) 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 16, well behind Royale Knight (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Meet Me At Dawn 9-2 (10-8) Led, hit 1st, headed on long run to 2 out, soon lost 2nd and weakened, finished tired, 5th of 9, well behind Definite Lady (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in May.
Royal Mile (IRE) 7-2 (10-2) Held up 4th and last, tracked leading pair 3rd, went 2nd 2 out (usual 3 out), kept on same pace in clear 2nd, no chance with winner on long run from last, 2nd of 4, 44l behind Amroth Bay (11-6) at Stratford 2m 7f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Turbulance (IRE) 11-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, ridden 6th, weakening when jumped slowly 10th, 4th of 9, well behind Prime Edition (10-1) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in May.
Dushy Valley (IRE) 5-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, 6th of 9, well behind Desperate Dex (11-7) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
Thirtytwo Red (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, challenged 10th, 3rd and one pace 2 out, went 2nd post, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Kilcascan (10-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp 0-100 (5) sft.