In-form Bennys Quest is on a hat-trick after wins at Newton Abbot and Sedgefield. His latest victory has been franked by the runner-up but GIANT O MURCHU has improved since being pulled up behind Synthe Davis and Try Catch Me at Fontwell in June and is eased in grade after finishing third over course and distance last month when Tri Nations was behind. Synthe Davis is an obvious danger under McCoy but may prefer a stiffer test of stamina.
Bennys Quest (IRE) 2-1fav (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway before and mistake 5 out, went 2nd before 2 out on bit, shaken up and led before and not fluent last, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Aug beating Muwalla (11-5) by nk, 5 ran.
Synthe Davis (FR) 7-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, jumped left 1st, every chance 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 6, 8l behind Atlanta Falcon (10-9) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jul.
Giant O Murchu (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 8th until not fluent 3 out, outpaced in 3rd before last, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Ulis De Vassy (11-2) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Try Catch Me (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4th, went right next, blundered and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Safe Investment (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Aug, 6 ran.
Tri Nations (UAE) 13-2 (10-3) Held up, ridden 3 out, effort 2 out, no impression, outpaced before last, last of 5, 20l behind Ulis De Vassy (11-2) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.