Compton Blue could easily bounce back from a below-par effort behind Parc Des Princes at Market Rasen but didn't run very well on the Flat at Epsom last month. Bathwick Man won at Stratford in July before finishing second at Fontwell while Mzuri Bay wasn't disgraced over 3m at Uttoxeter last time and might appreciate the drop in distance. WILD RHUBARB came into her own in the spring and her five-length defeat of Aimigayle at Uttoxeter in May reads well. If she's improved again over the summer, Jonjo O'Neill's mare could complete the hat-trick.
Bathwick Man 10-3 (11-11) Tracked leaders, led narrowly after 7th, ridden 2 out, narrow advantage when not fluent last, headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Akbabend (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Wild Rhubarb 15-2 (11-2) Held up in touch on outside, headway 3 out, led approaching next, ridden and stayed on well to go clear flat, won at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May beating Aimigayle (11-11) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Hi Tide (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Keen early tracked winner, hit 2nd, led briefly after 4th, ridden and weakened 2 out, last of 3, 22l behind Australia Day (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) gs in Nov.
Compton Blue 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, hard ridden 3 out, soon under pressure and weakened, 5th of 7, 23l behind Parc Des Princes (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Aug.
Mzuri Bay 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, headed before next, 4th and no extra last, 4th of 10, 12l behind Trackmate (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
McCauley (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, led before 5th, headed before last, ridden run-in, no extra last 100 yards, 4th of 8, 6l behind Finch Flyer (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Father Shine (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) Mid-division, some headway approaching 3 out, never on terms, went 4th flat, 4th of 14, 15l behind Coffee (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Parc des Princes (USA) 6-1 (11-6) In touch, effort approaching 2 out, soon one pace, 4th of 8, 6l behind Kitegen (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Nothingbutthetruth (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) In rear and keen, headway to go 3rd 3 out, one pace from 2 out, 4th of 8, 12l behind La Pantera Rosa (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Dark Energy 22-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, some headway before 2 out, no impression, 5th of 12, 19l behind Goldan Jess (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Stadium Of Light (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led after 1st, took keen hold, jumped slowly 2nd, headed 4th, remained close up, ridden after 3 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 10, 24l behind Porgy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Flichity (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, last from 5th, soon behind, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Lidar (11-7) at Haydock 2m nov chs (3) gd in Apr.