Habitual trailblazer Inishrush will need to husband his resources effectively to ward off some doughty challengers and CARDIGAN ISLAND could be another one for the Peter Bowen team that regularly is at its best at this time of year. He enjoys a consistent profile in seven starts over the larger obstacles, has a good record on sharp, left-handed tracks and has developed a strong rapport with Dave Crosse who takes the mount once again. Trip and ground are fine too. Both of Persian Run's career successes have come on good ground or better so these conditions should suit well, whilst Qualypso D'Allier is a danger to all as he came right back to form last time and remains dangerously well handicapped. However, that win was over 2m7f on soft ground and he faces very different conditions here.
Midnight Gold 28-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 3 out, led next, clear last, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun beating Quayside Court (9-11) by 11l, 12 ran.
Cardigan Island (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, reminder 16th, challenged after 4 out, led before next, drew clear after 2 out, ridden out flat, won at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun beating Drom (10-13) by 6l, 8 ran.
Inishrush (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Led, bumped 1st, not fluent 7th, mistake 9th, headed 12th, edged left and no impression on winner from after 4 out, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Double Chocolate (11-10) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.
Persian Run (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Led until 5 out, soon weakened, modest 4th, 4th of 5, well behind Delgany Gunner (9-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Qualypso D'allier (FR) 11-2 (11-8) Towards rear, headway before 5 out, led after 4 out, clear from last, stayed on well, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft beating Our Flora (10-5) by 7l, 12 ran.
Cold Harbour 4-1 (10-5) Held up mid-division, mistake 11th, jumped left 5 out and pushed along, remote 3rd and blundered 3 out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, well behind Noble Commander (10-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jun.
Skipper's Lad (IRE) 11-2 (11-11) Tracked leading pair, reminder 6th, dropped to rear at 9th, struggling 13th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Mr Demister (10-5) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Oct, 6 ran.
Cypress Grove (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8th, led 10th, headed approaching last, outpaced flat, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Olympian Boy (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jun.
Or Sing About (FR) 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd next, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Cardigan Island (10-12) at Southwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Lord Lescribaa (FR) 3-1 (10-10) Led, pushed along approaching 10th, mistake 3 out, soon headed and beaten, weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, 24l behind Petito (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Jun.
Lansdowne Princess 14-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway 11th, going well and chasing leaders before 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 9, 21l behind Cypress Grove (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Jun.