Newton Abbot winner Surfboard finished tailed off at Fontwell two weeks ago and it's difficult to see how he can reverse that form with runner-up Winning Show here. Tegan Lee could only finish fourth off the mark at Southwell last time, while the handicapper appears to have Sovereign Spirit back in his grip and Public Esteem has been beaten in claimers recently. TAKE A MILE reverts to hurdles for the first time in 18 months but does so off a reasonable mark and must go close if a spell over fences hasn't blunted his speed.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden after 6th, kept on same pace under pressure form 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 15, 30l behind American Art (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f clm hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Take A Mile (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Held up in rear, raced keenly, not fluent 4th, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on approaching last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Temple Place (10-0) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Aug.
The Good Guy (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Led, not fluent 5th, soon headed, outpaced after 3 out, mistake 2 out, rallied approaching last, stayed on, almost got 2nd, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Jocheski (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
Public Esteem (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Tracked winner, not fluent 9th, ridden when hit 2 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind American Cricket (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m clm hdl (5) gf in Aug.
Sweet Seville (FR) 14-1 (9-9) Jumped very slowly, lost touch before 2nd, pulled up before 4th, in a race won by High Jack (10-13) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in Apr, 5 ran.
Surfboard (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Held up in touch on inside, outpaced 4 out, weakened from next, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Award Winner (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Weybridge Light 7-1 (10-12) Held up in last, pecked 3rd, went 4th after 9th, mistake 3 out, soon ridden and beaten, 4th of 5, 13l behind American Cricket (10-12) at Ffos Las 3m clm hdl (5) gf in Aug.
Pepito Collonges (FR) 16-1 (10-11) In rear, headway 5th, 7th approaching 4 out, soon no impresison, 12th of 15, well behind Not So Sure Dick (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (5) gd in Apr.
Tegan Lee 8-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway on inside 8th, weakened approaching last, 4th of 14, 16l behind French Seventyfive (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Final Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, slipped badly on bend before 7th and nearly came down, not recover and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by No Woman No Cry (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf, 9 ran.
Before Bruce 40-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, lost place when bumped 6th, well behind 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Dalrymple (10-6) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Winning Show 11-2 (9-9) Held up in touch, chased leading pair 4 out, challenged between last 2, ridden and kept on flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Award Winner (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Curragh Dancer (FR) 7-2 (10-11) Jumped right, chased leader, pecked 2nd, lost 2nd 4th, reminders in rear after next, lost touch 9th, left poor 3rd and hamperd 4 out, tailed off, 3rd of 4, 41l behind Monsieur Georges (9-11) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp ch 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.