Donald McCain negates Mulligan's Man's double penalty by putting up 10lb claimer Paul O'Brien but there's a just a worry that the faster ground won't suit the winning pointer and bumper. Similar concerns also surround Dotties Dilema, who has an almost identical profile while Benefit Of Youth makes his hurdling bow having proved inconsistent in bumpers. SEA CHANGE won on the Polytrack for Jeremy Noseda in 2010 and had a couple of runs over hurdles for David Pipe last year. Now with Jim Goldie, he ran a better race on the Flat at Ayr last month and could be a bit of value in this.
Mulligan's Man (IRE) Evens2fav (11-6) Pressed leader, led narrowly 3 out, drew clear on bit between last 2, unextended, won at Cartmel 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Aug beating Logical Approach (11-0) by 7l, 5 ran.
Benefit Of Youth (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) With leaders on outer, led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, rallied to regain narrow lead well inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 9, ns behind Bittersweetheart (10-9) at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Sea Change (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Led, ridden after 2 out, headed approaching last, lost 2nd when no impression on winner flat, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Sunley Peace (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gf in Mar '11.
Dotties Dilema (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Tracked leader, led well over 1f out, soon ridden, pressed inside final furlong, just held on towards finish, won at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) sft in May beating Rinnagree Rosie (10-6) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Miss Deefiant 33-1 (10-0) Always in rear, outpaced 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind Some Fiddle (10-7) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jul.