Most of these have shown their best form on fast ground but a chance is taken that BENNYS QUEST handles today's going. He can effectively race off a lower mark than when scoring at Sedgefield last month with Connor Shoemark's allowance taken into consideration and gets the vote. Spock is dropped in class after winning at Worcester but has the disadvantage of a 7lb penalty while Trooper Clarence has yet to show any improvement for his tumble down the weights. Humbel Ben and Cruise In Style arrive out of form and are hard to fancy.
Spock (FR) 8-1 (10-4) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led before 5th, hit last, narrowly headed flat, led again towards finish, won at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd beating Royale's Charter (11-12) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Trooper Clarence 5-2 (11-12) Led, mistake 5th, headed next, soon pushed along, ridden after 3 out, stayed on to dispute moderate 3rd next, no chance with leaders, 4th of 5, 21l behind Bennys Quest (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
Bennys Quest (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, mistake 8th, went 2nd before last, stayed on same pace, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 7l behind Giant O Murchu (11-3) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf.
Humbel Ben (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Held up, always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Tribal Dance (10-4) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Cruise In Style (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner before last, hung left flat, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Catch Tammy (11-7) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.