This won't take much winning but Samson Collonges and Barr Head are hard to fancy from well out of the handicap. Danny John Boy won over a marathon trip at Cartmel in June but was tailed off over 3m1f at Carlisle two weeks ago, though this is a lesser contest. Copper's Gold is only a pound higher than when successful over C&D in March but he's more exposed than CAPTAIN NASH, despite being a year younger. Chris Grant's charge got off the mark over fences at Hexham in March but hasn't been unduly punished by the handicapper. He makes more appeal than stablemate Bob Will.
Copper's Gold (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Soon led, headed 7th, chased leader, lost place 12th, soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Inamalabalusaloon (10-13) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Jul.
Captain Nash (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) In rear and in touch, headway before 12th, led 3 out, headed before last, regain lead run-in, kept on, driven out, won at Hexham 3m 1f beg chase (5) gd in Mar beating Thelobstercatcher (11-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Danny John Boy 7-1 (10-8) Disputed lead until 9th, soon ridden and reminders, weakened 13th, tailed off, last of 5, well behind The Magic Bishop (11-12) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) In rear, not fluent 5th, soon ridden and lost touch, pulled up before next, in a race won by Arctic Echo (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 9 ran.
Bob Will (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Always prominent, led when jumped right 3rd, soon headed, mistake 9th, 5th and outpaced aproaching bypassed 2 out, rallied flat, went 3rd post, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Or de Grugy (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Samson Collonges (FR) 4-1 (9-11) In rear, reminders after 2nd, soon detached, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Riskier (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May, 11 ran.
Barr Head (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Led, headed when hampered 3rd, mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Or de Grugy (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.