Liberate's last run over hurdles resulted in a victory in a valuable handicap at Haydock but he's not shown the same form recently. Lion On The Prowl is proving difficult to win with and has been chasing lately, as has Rory Boy, while Cuban Piece was pulled up here last time. This is a drop in class for THE GOOD GUY and he may well still have the ability to take advantage judged on recent placed efforts at Stratford and Uttoxeter with veteran Ricardo's Chance arguably best of the rest.
Liberate 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, mistake 8th, lost 2nd 10th, ridden 4 out, beaten from next, 5th of 9, 14l behind Traffic Article (11-8) at Cheltenham 3m nov chs (2) gf in Oct.
Lion On The Prowl (IRE) 13-8 (11-10) Tracked leaders, hit 7th, reminder after next, went 2nd before 2 out (normal 3 out) where jumped left, again jumped left and hit last, stayed on one pace, no impression, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Fennis Boy (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Jul.
Rory Boy (USA) 12-1 (9-8) Reluctant to go to post, refused to race, in a race won by Epee Celeste (9-7) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul, 8 ran.
The Good Guy (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) With leader, led after 2nd, headed before 4th, led before 5th, headed 8th, led next, headed flat, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Ocean du Moulin (10-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Cuban Piece (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Not fluent 1st, driven to chase leaders on inside, switched outside 6th, soon ridden, weakened 10th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Buachaill Alainn (10-12) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jul, 13 ran.
Akbabend 25-1 (10-0) In touch, ridden before 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 11, 20l behind Emmaslegend (10-11) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Father Shine (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 5th, clear 3 out, very easily, won at Southwell 2m 4f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Kingdom Of Munster (10-12) by 24l, 14 ran.
Ricardo's Chance 11-4 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 6th, went 2nd after next, hung left from after 3 out, led last, ridden out, won at Worcester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Record Breaker (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Zerdiyan (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, weakened before 3 out, 13th of 18, well behind Rock Critic (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl sft.