You couldn't fault Cloudy Bob's consistency last season and the grey ran a cracker on his final start over this trip in a competitive handicap at Haydock when a 33/1 chance. He should have no trouble picking up an ordinary novice event on that evidence but MEGANISI may have a fitness advantage today. Successful over 2m at Wincanton in May, the five-year-old had a pipe-opener on the Flat at Chester last month and should be suited by 2m4f this term. Auteuil winner To Live has joined Nick Gifford and is one to note while May's Market Rasen winner Natural Spring and Canadian Dreamer, who hails from an in-form yard, add to the interest.
Meganisi (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Chased leading pair, hit 3 out, led approaching 2 out, soon clear easily, won at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in May beating Kings Lad (10-12) by 11l, 8 ran.
To Live (FR) (10-3) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f hdl sft in Mar beating Ideology (10-7) by 8l, 7 ran.
Blackmore 9-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, jumped left and bumped 3rd, not fluent next, ridden after 5th, hampered 3 out, weakening when jumped badly left 2 out, 6th of 10, 33l behind Porgy (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Sep.
Canadian Dreamer (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up, took keen hold, headway 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, hit 2 out, 3rd of 6, 26l behind Benheir (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, close 4th 3 out, challenged next, led last, driven, hit rail and headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 20, 1 1/2l behind Hada Men (10-8) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Lakota Ghost (USA) 80-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, 44l behind Beyeh (10-0) at Stratford 2m 4yo hdl (3) gd in Mar.
Natural Spring 9-4fav (11-8) Prominent, led 3 out, clear next, eased flat, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May beating Around A Pound (10-9) by 5l, 11 ran.
Super Duplex 33-1 (11-0) In rear, behind 6th, never on terms with leaders, 4th of 8, 42l behind Turn Over Sivola (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Uncle Jimmy (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Keen in touch, headway 4f out, chased leading pair 3f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Minella Forfitness (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Mar.
Sugar Hiccup (IRE) 11-4fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, effort to press winner entering final 2f, every chance, driven and ran on, unable to quicken final strides, 2nd of 7, nk behind L Frank Baum (9-4) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Aug (flat).