Winning Irish bumper Ebony Diamond attracted strong support in a Huntingdon handicap in August but ran very poorly and has yet to show any sign of form over hurdles while Apache Dawn has now gone 30 starts over timber without winning. Highland River scored over 2m4f at Towcester before a fine effort over further at Wincanton on Thursday but this could prove too short. Hawk Gold has been doing better and is on a fair mark while Lombok will have his supporters again despite running moderately when fancied at Towcester. BRUNTON BLUE didn't run for over three years after her debut on the Flat in 2007 and needed her opening runs over timber but she produced a much better run on her handicap debut at Uttoxeter last month and this looks within her capabilities.
Ebony Diamond (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, pushed along after 4th, headway on outside approaching 3 out, weakened well before 2 out, last of 8, 37l behind Rampant Ronnie (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Apache Dawn 11-1 (10-4) Fell 1st, in a race won by Autumm Spirit (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf, 7 ran.
Highland River 7-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, slow and lost place 6th, rallied to chase leaders 3 out, chased winner approaching 2 out, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Heir To Be (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Ajool (USA) 66-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway on outside before 3 out, modest 6th soon after, weakened before next, tailed off, 8th of 13, 28l behind Trovare (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Munich (IRE) 9-1 (10-3) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 9, 15l behind Giant O Murchu (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) fm.
Mulaazem 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and lost place after 4th, behind after, 9th of 12, 40l behind Golden Dream (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Lombok 11-4fav (10-3) Held up, not fluent 5th, headway approaching 3 out, led before 2 out, headed last, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Giant O Murchu (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) fm.
Brunton Blue 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hampered after 3rd, not fluent 6th, headway approaching 3 out, mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Endeavor (9-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Hawk Gold (IRE) 13-8fav (10-10) Took keen hold in touch, chased leading pair from 3 out, driven and no impression before next, went 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Lajidaal (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Jun.