Jordaura is the only course and distance winner having scored comfortably in September from an 11lb higher mark but his recent efforts have been woeful to say the least. War Lord gained his only victory on the Flat at Thirsk a year ago though he also won over hurdles in October. Operateur's last success came from this mark two years ago and he's been in poor form on the Flat and over hurdles. Captain Rhyric's only placed runs in ten starts came when last of three and third of four, both on this track. Perci French makes his handicap debut having shown absolutely nothing but such is his trainer's form and reputation for improving his charges that he'll attract support. However, the form pick has to be CALL OF DUTY, who came with a late run to score over 1m2f at Ayr in April then finished strongly over the same track and trip a month later.
Jordaura 11-1 (9-11) In rear, never on terms, 8th of 10, 26l behind Aldwick Bay (9-12) at Haydock 1m 4f ladies hcp 0-70 (5) sft in May.
War Lord (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Woodstock (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug.
Operateur (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 11l behind Frosty Berry (9-7) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Apr.
Call of Duty (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) Well in rear, headway on outer from over 1f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Henpecked (9-3) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in May.
Captain Rhyric 22-1 (8-8) Held up, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 15, 18l behind Kathlatino (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in May.
Perci French 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 21l behind That's Plenty (9-8) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Sep.