More Shennanigans lost no caste in defeat when chasing home New Rackheath at Worcester when last seen in June and has every chance on that evidence but he has yet to win after 24 career starts and is hard to back with confidence so SAM CRUISE is taken to gain a deserved success. The Steve Gollings-trained gelding won at Worcester over three miles in July but has performed just as well over this trip since then, finding just one too good in each of his last two starts, and he can go one better today. Janal has performed creditably of late but faces no easy task from out of the weights proper, while Lucinda Russell's Against The Wind is probably best watched on his first start since April having been pulled up when last seen.
Sam Cruise 4-1 (11-7) Led after 1st, ridden 4 out, hit 3 out, headed next, beaten last, 2nd of 9, 18l behind R'Cam (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Against The Wind 9-1 (10-6) Chased clear pair, lost place 6th, no danger after, lost touch 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Bob's Dream (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr, 12 ran.
Safin (GER) 50-1 (10-0) Fell 1st, in a race won by Cappagh (11-12) at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Sep, 7 ran.
Bajan Sunshine (IRE) 22-1 (10-8) Jumped right throughout, led to 8th, ridden after 3 out, weakened last, 8th of 9, 14l behind Penny Queen (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
More Shennanigans 6-1 (10-1) Prominent, hit 2nd, led 8th until 4 out, soon outpaced, stayed on flat, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind New Rackheath (10-6) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Jun.
Panthers Run 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders and keen, soon mid-division, weakened from 10th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Sam Cruise (11-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-85 (5) gf in Jul, 16 ran.
Shara Like Magic 200-1 (10-6) Tracked leader until approaching 7th, weakened 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Last Of The Bunch (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gd in Feb, 8 ran.
Janal (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, led 1st, mistake and rider lost right iron 7th until headed next, still close 2nd when not fluent and rider lost both irons last, soon beaten, 4th of 6, 13l behind Colditz (10-1) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp 0-90 (5) gd in Aug.