O'Callaghan Strand tends to be called a few rude name by certain pundits but he's now 4-19 over fences and showed a tenacious side to his character when claiming The Society Man very late on earlier this month at Market Rasen. He may well go in again but WATERED SILK looked an improved performer over fences when scoring on just his third start at Uttoxeter last month and looks on the upgrade for Lucy Wadham, a shrewd placer of her charges. Milgen Bay has looked in the grip of the handicapper on recent starts so Oliver Sherwood will be pleased to see that his consistent gelding has been dropped 4lb since his last run which could well bring him into the argument.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 4-1fav (11-4) Held up towards rear of mid-division, chased leaders after 4 out, soon hard driven, ridden and rallied between rivals flat, led post, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating The Society Man (10-0) by hd, 8 ran.
Workbench (FR) 7-2 (11-11) Led, jumped right 2nd, headed 4th, not fluent 9th, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 34l behind Bullet Street (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Unforgettable (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, effort approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened before last, 7th of 8, 29l behind O'Callaghan Strand (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Watered Silk 6-1 (10-11) Led, headed briefly 5th, made rest, kept on well from last, won at Uttoxeter 2m 6f beg chase (4) gd in Jul beating Wake Your Dreams (11-0) by 4l, 6 ran.
Picaroon 11-1 (10-9) Mid-division, mistake 1st, weakened from 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Book'em Danno (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May, 8 ran.
Milgen Bay 11-8fav (11-8) Prominent, not fluent 2nd and 5th, led 7th, headed next, weakened 3 out, 4th of 7, 39l behind Nikos Extra (11-7) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Majy D'auteuil (FR) 33-1 (11-1) Took keen hold early, in rear, behind 6th, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Neverownup (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in May, 8 ran.