This is a competitive handicap chase to close the card and we will put forward FURZE HILL to get the better of Pagan Sword and Carrickmines. There is plenty to recommend the selection as he has run really well on his last two starts and he has his optimum ground conditions. He looks progressive and he could be one to stay on the right side of. Pagan Sword ran his best race for a while at Plumpton on Monday when he chased home American World. If this does not come too quickly for him then he should go close, although he may be seen to better effect over a slightly longer trip. Carrickmines has been off the track since April and although he handles a bit of cut in the ground, his best form has been on a faster surface. Take It There is better than she showed at Fontwell last time, but she is hard to recommend with confidence after such a poor run. We will therefore return to Furze Hill as the one to beat.
Daraybad (FR) 66-1 (11-4) Behind, ridden 2 out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 21l behind Silver Steel (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Take It There 14-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 33l behind Zorro De La Vega (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Pagan Sword 33-1 (10-13) Prominent, outpaced 10th, stayed on from 2 out, chased winner after last, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind American World (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Prince Louis (FR) 80-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed before 8th, pulled up next, in a race won by Forty Five (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (4) gs in Feb, 7 ran.
Carrickmines (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Raced keenly, prominent, led 3rd, not fluent 5th, headed 10th, weakened next, 4th of 11, well behind Iris's Flyer (10-9) at Southwell 2m 5f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gd in Apr.
Furze Hill (IRE) 10-3fav (10-10) In touch, ridden 3 out, jumped right and led last, headed line, 2nd of 11, shd behind Kinkeel (10-0) at Towcester 2m 3f cond hcp chs 4yo+ (5) sft in Nov '08.
Mycenean Prince (USA) 28-1 (11-4) Mid-division, dropped rear when hit 4th, struggling after, 11th of 13, 36l behind Isintshelovely (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Iloveturtle (IRE) 18-1 (9-9) Always behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Getinbybutonlyjust (11-5) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (4) hvy in Aug, 10 ran.