Foster's Road has already shown an aptitude for hurdling and makes more appeal than Bajan Hero of the previous winners. Khazium made a promising start when runner-up to Third Half at Worcester but could be up against a couple of promising newcomers here. Haymarket was second on the Polytrack in March when with Mark Johnston but JUNO THE MUFFINMAN has the better recent form having finished second to Teak over 1m6f at Salisbury at the end of July. He'll have had plenty of schooling and can make a winning debut over hurdles. Ballyheigue started favourite at Newton Abbot last month but has a lot to find with Bajan Hero on that run.
Bajan Hero 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway approaching 3rd, soon pushed along, outpaced in 4th when jumped left 3 out, well held when jumped left again next, 4th of 11, 27l behind Third Half (10-12) at Worcester 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Foster's Road 12-1 (11-5) Held up, mistake 1st, headway 3 out, went 3rd when jumped left last, one pace, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 12, 11l behind King's Wharf (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Ballyheigue (IRE) 11-8fav (10-12) Chased leaders, slow 1st, weakened 3 out, mistake and eased next, tailed off, 5th of 6, 47l behind Bajan Hero (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Haymarket 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leader until halfway, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 6, 10l behind Shouda (9-2) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul (flat).
Juno The Muffinman (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, ridden 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd final 100 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Teak (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Jul (flat).
Khazium (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 5th, went 2nd 3 out, not much room 2 out, stayed on, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Third Half (10-12) at Worcester 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Medeeba 100-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 6, 22l behind Venetian View (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Aug (flat).
Temuco (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, well beaten before 5th, tailed off, 6th of 11, dis behind Third Half (10-12) at Worcester 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Golden Acorn (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place, last of 6, well behind Silvas Romana (9-4) at Chepstow 1m flls hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Aug (flat).
Lady Romanza (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, pushed along and every chance from 3f out, driven and pressing leader over 1f out, 5th and one pace when hampered final 75 yards, 5th of 13, 5l behind Sir Dylan (8-8) at Bath 1m 4f app hcp 0-55 (6) gd in Aug (flat).