SKY KHAN's form looks head and shoulders above that of his rivals and he need only reproduce the form of his latest second at Galway to get back to winning ways in this. Miranour has been chasing lately and has to give 16lb to the selection but he has McCoy doing the steering and looks the one for forecast-backers as Hit The Top was beaten more than 13 lengths at Cartmel and looks a chaser in the making. Cloudy Joker may also do better over fences as he's already won between the flags.
Miranour 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along in 6th 5 out, headway into 3rd after 4 out, ridden 3 out, no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 25l behind Sizing Machine (11-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gd.
Cloudy Joker (IRE) 11-8fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 3 out, headed soon after, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 17l behind Tantamount (10-4) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jul.
Hit The Top 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 8th until before 3 out, went 2nd again before 2 out, no chance with winner last, soon dropped to 3rd, one pace, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Mr Satco (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Indian Ruler (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Mid-division, lost place after 5th, struggling next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Danandy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul, 11 ran.
Larteta (FR) 28-1 (10-9) In touch, mistake 3rd, effort 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 28l behind Falcarragh (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Sky Khan 10-1 (10-11) Soon prominent at ordinary pace, 4th for much, ridden in pursuit of winner and kept on well run-in without ever looking likely to get there, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Diplomat (11-4) at Galway 2m 4yo nov hdl gd in Jul.
Mrs Grass 80-1 (10-2) Mid division, one pace before last, 5th of 9, 21l behind Damascus Steel (10-12) at Hexham 2m nov hdl (4) gd in May.