Course specialist Treehouse was still in touch when falling here last week and could figure if that tumble hasn't left its mark. Man Of Principles' only victory so far under Rules came over C&D in March while Fog Patches has been placed in his last two starts, though doesn't appear to be improving. SHEEPCLOSE belied his generous starting price to finish a close-up third at Sedgefield last month and a repeat of that effort here would probably suffice as Whisky Galore returns from a lengthy absence and veterans Panthers Run and Lindseyfield Lodge have lost their way lately.
Whisky Galore 4-1 (11-0) Well off pace in rear, slight mistake 5th, niggled along before 4 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 3 out, 8th of 10, 20l behind Garryowen Oscar (11-0) at Sligo 2m 4f cond mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Treehouse 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leader until 9th, close 2nd when fell 3 out, in a race won by Finbin (11-3) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 9 ran.
Man Of Principles (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) In touch until not fluent 6th, well beaten after 10th, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Gougane (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Fog Patches (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Shared lead until definate advantage from 11th, headed 3 out, no impression on winner from last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Hathamore (10-2) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Sheepclose (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on, lost 2nd place close home, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Riskier (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Panthers Run 25-1 (9-12) Prominent, mistake 5th (water), weakened 10th, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Gougane (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Lindseyfield Lodge (IRE) 80-1 (9-7) Led and keen, soon clear, headed before 5th, reminders before 8th, soon in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Airmen's Friend (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd, 9 ran.