LUCCOMBE CHINE stepped up markedly on previous efforts when encountering soft ground for the first time at Cartmel in August. She's 8lb higher now but may enjoy a fitness advantage over several of her rivals and can go in again. Spruzzo could be interesting as he's been much improved on the Flat this year, winning on soft ground over 2m at Musselburgh in June. Delightfully usually makes the frame here and makes more appeal than Almutaham and Saddlers Mot on these terms but Stormion continues to disappoint and Isla Patriot is a long way out of the handicap.
Almutaham (USA) 4-1 (10-12) Led, reminder before 3 out, ridden and headed after 2 out, soon beaten, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 14l behind Wheyaye (10-7) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jun.
Delightfully (FR) 9-2 (10-5) Chased leaders, led 3 out, headed before last, no extra and lost 2nd place final 50 yards, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Kykate (11-5) at Hexham 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in May.
Saddlers Mot 11-4 (10-12) Held up, headway approaching 8th, led 2 out, ridden and wandered before last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Bollin Fiona (11-0) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
Luccombe Chine 11-2 (11-3) Always prominent on outside, outpaced in 3rd after 2 out, ridden to chase leader after last, stayed on under pressure to lead final 50 yards, won at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Aug beating Shannina (10-4) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Stormion (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Leading when fell 2nd, in a race won by Cilliseal (11-5) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy, 5 ran.
Spruzzo 25-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, slow 2nd, dropped to last before 5th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 5th of 7, 28l behind Bewery Man (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gf in Apr '10.
Isla Patriot 9-2 (10-0) Towards rear, never dangerous, 6th of 15, 38l behind Almutaham (11-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.