RED RIVERMAN is taken to follow up his debut success at Ffos Las pitched in against seasoned handicappers. Nigel Twiston-Davies' youngster doesn't look badly treated on the pick of his hurdles form and has plenty of scope for improvement. My Brother Sylvest, another Ffos Las winner, is back over fences after a fair effort over hurdles at Newton Abbot and looks a danger but Jack The Gent has been rested since June and may be better going left-handed. Netherby has a lengthy absence to overcome while it's impossible to fancy Radsoc De Sivola at the weights.
Jack The Gent (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Led after 1st, headed after 8th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Dineur (10-6) at Aintree 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Jun.
Netherby 7-4fav (11-4) Led, headed after 1st, led again before 4 out, pressed 2 out, headed final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Fourth Estate (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Mar '12.
My Brother Sylvest 14-1 (10-9) Led, jumped right from 5th, headed after 6th, soon led again, headed before 2 out, not fluent and no extra last, 5th of 13, 14l behind Kangaroo Court (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) gf in Sep.
Red Riverman 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, challenged 5 out, led next, 3 lengths clear last, ridden flat, held on towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 3f beg chs (4) gd in Aug beating Ski Sunday (11-7) by 1l, 5 ran.
Radsoc De Sivola (FR) 9-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, closed 6th, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 7, 39l behind The Nephew (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.