Alderbrook Lad and Five Out Of Five both arrive on hat-tricks but the former has a double penalty courtesy of Tuesday's victory at Sedgefield while the latter has been racing over longer trips. MORESTEAD is a quirky sort but this track suits his forcing tactics and he's back over his best trip and only 2lb higher than when successful over course and distance in May. He gets a tentative vote though Try Catch Me is capable on his day and can't be ignored.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 11-8fav (11-9) Made all, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf beating Solway Dornal (9-13) by 7l, 5 ran.
Try Catch Me (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, ridden 8th, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Mister Wiseman (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Jul, 11 ran.
Morestead (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Led, mistakes, headed 3rd, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 10, well behind Doctor Ric (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Five Out Of Five (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Made all, clear 5th until before last, pressed flat, found extra, in command close home, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf beating Numbercruncher (12-0) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Stormy Oscar (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Led, headed 4th, led 6th, headed 8th, ridden when blundered badly 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 9, 22l behind Cap Elorn (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Safe Investment (USA) 8-1 (10-7) Led, headed 4 out, every chance 3 out, chased winner after last, no impression, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Rudigreen (11-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf.
The Grey One (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, jumped right, lost place when blundered 6th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 48l behind Alderbrook Lad (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.