McCoy has a ride for Liam Lennon later on the card but claimer Graham Watters is on board Perth winner Howwoulduno for the Newry handler here while the champion keeps faith with Cartmel scorer SMART RULER. It's the latter who looks the pick of the weights, though The Lodge Road may be capable of better. Hurdling debutant Knightly Escapade is more interesting, however, though will probably need further than this judged on his form on the Flat.
Howwoulduno (IRE) 9-5 (11-5) Always prominent, led 2 out, went left and not fluent last, stayed on well to draw clear flat, won at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jul beating Trend Is My Friend (10-10) by 5l, 4 ran.
Smart Ruler (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) In touch in mid-division, closed 4th, challenging when not fluent 3 out, led 2 out, clear last, driven out, won at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul beating Swing Hard (11-0) by 4l, 9 ran.
Knightly Escapade 14-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 8th of 17, 10l behind Nanton (10-1) at York 1m 4f ladys hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun (flat).
The Lodge Road (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Prominent on outside, not fluent 1st or 5th, outpaced from 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 7, 12l behind Purple 'n Gold (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Touching History (IRE) 150-1 (9-12) Slowly away, always in rear, last of 10, 27l behind Life Partner (9-4) at Doncaster 1m mdn stks (5) gf in Jul (flat).
Beyondtemptation 100-1 (10-2) Always towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 11, 49l behind Howwoulduno (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.