Mission Complete has been the subject of market support on his two most recent visits to the racecourse although the money has remained in the bookmaker's satchels as he has failed to finish on either occasion. We will seek to oppose him with ALWAYS BOLD. Martin Keighley's gelding ran a respectable race at Uttoxeter four days ago and he was not knocked about once his chances of winning had gone. Aikideau is still a maiden over fences but he was rated much higher over hurdles than this. Inishrush wasn't far away on his reappearance after almost a year off, while Lord Lescribaa has posted all three of his previous victories at this course. Sandynow is unproven on the surface and Peter Bowen's charge is tried in a visor for the first time.
Aikideau (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Led to before 1st, tracked leader, led again 5 out, headed next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, weakened into 4th between last 2, 4th of 10, 15l behind Power Pack Jack (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Mission Complete (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Held up in early stages, headway to chase leaders 4th, hit 10th, pushed along before 12th, weakened 5 out, tailed off when mistake 3 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Jaunty Journey (11-7) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in May, 7 ran.
Inishrush (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Led, not fluent 7th (water), ridden and headed before 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Lough Derg Way (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Sandynow (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Mistake 1st, held up behind in touch, struggling 13th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Power Pack Jack (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Lady Myfanwy 14-1 (10-3) Mid-division, outpaced 5th, struggling 13th, stayed on approaching last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 20l behind To Live (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
Always Bold (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Prominent, ridden after 5 out, one pace 4 out, stayed on from 2 out and went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Chandlers Cross (10-5) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.
Minella Ranger (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) In rear, mistake 2nd, never going after, tailed off when hampered 10th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Lough Derg Way (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jun, 8 ran.
Lord Lescribaa (FR) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders to 5 out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, well behind Power Pack Jack (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Pharaon de Touzaine (FR) 25-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 6th, ridden afetr 9th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 13, well behind Band Of Thunder (10-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Supralunary 33-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, lost place 6th, ridden next, not fluent and last 8th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Favoured Nation (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf, 10 ran.