Douchkirk couldn't cope with a penalty at Stratford in June and that may be the case again here. Flemensgael can improve on his third at Uttoxeter, however, and has more scope than Moon Devil who disappointed when favourite at Stratford in July. RESTE JEUNE lacks the experience of the aforementioned trio but he comes from excellent French jumping stock and his half-brother, Rosy Cyborg, was a decent bumper in Ireland. Nick Gifford's five-year-old is fancied to make a winning start, though fellow newcomers Dixie Case and Swincombe Stone are also worth watching for future reference.
Douchkirk (FR) 6-5fav (11-1) Took keen hold, held up in touch, pushed along and headway 4f out, chased leader 3f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Tahrir Square (11-1) at Stratford 2m cond NH flat (5) gd in Jun.
Dixie Case (IRE) Close Conflict gelding out of Rashaga.
Flemensgael (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up, took keen hold, headway over 8f out, went 3rd 3f out, stayed on same pace from 2f out, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Thespis Of Icaria (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gf in Sep.
Moon Devil (IRE) 3-1fav (10-7) Tracked leader until 7f out, stayed prominent, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 14, 21l behind Bevnott (10-9) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Picklegend Midnight Legend gelding out of Miss Pickle Vii.
Reste Jeune (FR) Reste Tranquille gelding out of Rosy Junior.
Swincombe Stone Best Of The Bests gelding out of Soloism.
Zigzaga (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Mrs Mcclintock.