LA BACOUETTEUSE hasn't raced over hurdles since the end of 2011 but has been in decent form on the Flat this year, winning over 2m at Musselburgh in July when Lady Gargoyle was almost three lengths away in third. Jim Goldie's mare was also receiving a lot of weight that day so we'd expect Iain Jardine's charge to confirm the form over obstacles and he may be the one to beat. Cruachan won at Hexham in June while Tantamount was successful in a maiden hurdle over course and distance in July, though beaten 26 lengths on his handicap debut here last time. Stablemate Lady Of Verona may need this.
Rockchasebullett (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, mistakes 3 out and 2 out, no impression on winner, no extra last, weakened flat, 6th of 12, 20l behind Western Warhorse (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Cruachan (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Always in rear, blundered 5th, never a factor, 8th of 9, 14l behind Malin Bay (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Tantamount 6-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, slipped on bend after 5th, headway 3out, soon outpaced, 3rd of 8, 26l behind Jimmy The Hat (11-12) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Karingo 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, led narrowly when hind legs slipped on landing and unseated rider last (normal 2 out), in a race won by Crookstown (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul, 11 ran.
La Bacouetteuse (FR) 66-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway approaching last, kept on well, never able to challenge, 4th of 11, 23l behind Into Wain (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec '11.
Wayne Manor (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Midfield, pushed along 4out, weakened next, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jimmy The Hat (11-12) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug, 8 ran.
Lady Of Verona (IRE) 13-8fav (10-5) In touch, went 2nd after 2 out, ridden and no impression on winner before last, soon dropped to 3rd, stayed on same pace flat, no extra close home, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Hidden Horizons (10-12) at Hexham 3m mares mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Steviekey (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid-div when fell heavily 7th, in a race won by Coursing Ben (11-4) at Stradbally 3m ire ptp gd in May, 17 ran.
Lady Gargoyle 6-1 (10-8) Not fluent, prominent on outside until 5th, weakened before next, tailed off 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Fairwood Massini (11-1) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jul, 6 ran.
Oscar Stanley (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division, mistake 4th, pushed along before 6th, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 50l behind Nicene Creed (10-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr.
Frontier Vic 20-1 (10-12) In rear, headway from 3 out, one pace and no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 11, 36l behind Separate Shadows (10-12) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Tim's Approach (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, 44l behind Call Box (11-8) at Perth 2m 4f amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.