It's impossible to have much faith in Amuse Me after a string of failures in similar company and his jumping still leaves much to be desired. Apache Blue returns from a lengthy absence while stablemate Chicago Outfit is getting no closer to getting off the mark. Baltic Pathfinder has shown little since returning from injury and Valleyofmilan was pulled up at Perth last month, though that was only his second start over fences. FIVE OUT OF FIVE can complete the hat-trick as he bounces off this fast ground and is still well treated on the pick of last year's form.
Valleyofmilan (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) In touch to 5th, soon dropped rear, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Sergeant Pink (11-1) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Aug, 7 ran.
Apache Blue (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and headway 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 6l behind Baily Storm (10-8) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep '12.
Amuse Me 4-1 (11-9) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along after 6th, driven in 3rd and one pace after 2 out, no impression soon after, no extra in 4th flat, 4th of 9, 15l behind Sonofagun (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Baltic Pathfinder (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, jumped slow 10th, soon weakened, last of 6, well behind Sean Airgead (11-7) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Five Out Of Five (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Made all, clear 5th until before last, pressed flat, found extra, in command close home, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug beating Numbercruncher (12-0) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Chicago Outfit (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened before 5 out, 4th of 12, well behind Sierra Victor (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jun.