Sunglasses may do better now tackling fences but has a long absence to overcome. The longer trip could be a problem for Newton Abbot third Lemon Drop Red while winning pointer Foreverpresenting is probably best watched back under Rules. MULLIGAN'S MAN is a far from confident choice as he's passed up a couple of similar opportunities recently and his yard is struggling for winners at present. But he has the form to win this if in the mood and is much preferred to the one-paced Nomadic Dreamer and the others.
Foreverpresenting (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) (tt) ap; led 13; drew clr flat, won at Meynell & South Staffordshire 3m ptp gd in Jun beating Ngong Hills (12-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Lemon Drop Red (USA) 9-2 (10-12) Held up in 5th, went 4th at 6th, disputing 3rd when mistake 2 out, stayed on to 3rd run-in, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Baby Mix (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov chs (3) gf in Jun.
Mulligan's Man (IRE) 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leading pair, pushed along before 4 out, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out, 2 lengths ahead when blundered last, soon headed, hung left flat, not recover, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Toledo Gold (10-12) at Perth 2m nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
Nomadic Dreamer 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 2nd, challenged 8th, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 11, 21l behind True Blue (11-7) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Sunglasses (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) In touch, outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 16, 24l behind Off The Ground (11-10) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb '12.
War Of The World (FR) 5-1 (12-0) (cp) hdwy 10; wknd app 2 out; wl bhnd when pu last, in a race won by Scenic Route (12-0) at Woodland Pytchley 3m ptp gs in Jun, 7 ran.
The Absent Mare 25-1 (11-7) Behind, went right 1st, outpaced before 3 out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 42l behind Emerald Glade (10-11) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.