DORSET NAGA usually travels strongly but doesn't find a great deal off the bridle. However, he may not have to here as this looks a weaker race than the one in which he finished fourth at Bangor on his chasing bow and he has the beating of the disappointing Ban Uisce on that form. Le Grand Chene won at Southwell before running Blazin White Face to a length at Perth and has to go on the short-list while Moorlands Jack has a bit of scope and Escardo went very close at Worcester last time, though has been put up a further 5lb since.
Dorset Naga 2-1fav (11-4) Held up in rear, not much room and stumbled bend after 6th, headway approaching 10th, hit 4 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 10, 9l behind Rob Conti (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Olympian (FR) 13-2 (11-5) In touch on inside, chased leader 8th until 2 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, well behind Giant O Murchu (11-5) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Ban Uisce (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 10, 21l behind Rob Conti (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
I Can Run Can You (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden after 3rd, behind after 5th, tailed off, 18th of 19, well behind Union Saint (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Moorlands Jack 12-1 (10-7) Mid-division on outside, chased leaders under pressure 2 out, kept on same pace, mistake last, went 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 13, 9l behind Giant O Murchu (11-5) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Navajo Nation (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, driven and outpaced 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure before last, no impression, 4th of 9, 17l behind Forty Thirty (11-5) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Le Grand Chene (FR) 4-1 (10-3) Tracked leader, led 4 out, ridden and headed last, staying on when not much room towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Blazin White Face (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Jul.
Himayna 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 10, 21l behind Oran Flyer (11-7) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May.
Escardo (GER) 13-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, chaswed winner last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Citrus Mark (11-9) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.