Alwaystheoptimist has been in terrific form since switching back to hurdles but is 8lb higher than when scoring at Wincanton nine days ago. Dolatulo won three on the bounce before coming up against Saint Roque at Worcester in June while Kilmurvy won't be far away if fully wound-up. A similar comment applies to Who's Cross and Dollar Bill but we may take a chance on the fitness of COLEBROOKE. The ground will definitely suit Renee Robeson's five-year-old and he looks capable of winning in this grade off his current mark. Magnifique Etoile can't be ignored with his yard in sparkling form but he has a lot of weight to carry after a long absence.
Magnifique Etoile 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, headway 3 out, effort next, one pace approaching last, 10th of 26, 11l behind Alderwood (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in Mar '12.
Touch Back (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Waited with towards rear, moderate 7th 3 out, moderate 5th and kept on from before next, 4th of 12, 17l behind Catcherinscratcher (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chase sft in Jun '12.
Toubab (FR) 9-1 (11-12) Led, clear after 1st until hit 4th, mistake and headed 2 out, soon 3rd and beaten, no extra last, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Bombadero (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Dolatulo (FR) 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 6th, went 2nd before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 14l behind Saint Roque (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Jun.
Kilmurvy (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) In touch in mid-division, headway after 6th, edged left and ridden after 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on to take 2nd close home, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Seventh Sign (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Who's Cross (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 11, 44l behind Tzora (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Alwaystheoptimist 11-4 (10-4) Held up, headway 5th, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead last, edged right flat, ran on, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd beating My Brother Sylvest (11-2) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Colebrooke 12-1 (11-2) Chased leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 7l behind Dr Livingstone (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Heurtevent (FR) 5-1fav (10-10) 10th of 13, 12l behind Lugano (11-2) at Enghien(FR) 2m 2f 4yo clm hdl in Sep.
Lac Sacre (FR) 66-1 (11-2) Chased leader, pushed along after 3 out, soon lost 2nd and weakened quickly well before next, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Ptit Zig (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gd in Apr.
Dollar Bill 20-1 (11-6) Always behind, tailed off when blundered 2 out, 15th of 16, 47l behind Calculated Risk (11-12) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Veauce De Sivola (FR) (10-5) 5th of 14, 5l behind Vivaccio (10-10) at Lyon-Parilly(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl gs in Jun.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 40-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, well behind Don't Be Late (10-8) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Kartanian (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Mid-division, fell 1st, in a race won by Bally Legend (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft, 10 ran.
No Duffer 9-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, effort before 7th, weakened 2 out, hampered last, 6th of 11, 19l behind Shalone (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Escort'men (FR) 11-1 (10-6) Held up, headway 5th, went 3rd before 3 out, chased winner approaching last, no impression, no extra flat, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Bombadero (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.