Daraz Rose was placed over fences at Stratford and Warwick 18 months ago but is getting a bit long in the tooth now. Reg's Ruby still has some scope, however, and finally got off the mark over hurdles in August. But, with Le Reveur having shown little on the Flat for Richard Guest this year, this may rest between Dica and OLYMPIAN. The former could only finish third when well backed on his chasing bow at Cartmel so preference is for the latter, who has won twice over hurdles this year and is worth another chance over the larger obstacles.
Dica (FR) 9-4fav (11-7) Held up in 5th, not fluent 8th, went 4th when not fluent next, chased leading pair 4 out, not fluent and weakened next, 3rd of 5, 33l behind Golden View (11-7) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chs (4) sft in Aug.
Le Reveur 14-1 (11-9) Well off pace towards rear, struggling 4th, soon no extra and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Baby Whizz (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jul, 14 ran.
Olympian (FR) 16-1 (10-7) Always behind, 8th of 15, 20l behind Rumble Of Thunder (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Sep.
Daraz Rose (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) With winner 1st, prominent, carried left 6th, went 2nd next until 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Very Stylish (11-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jun.
Reg's Ruby 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 23l behind Yemeni Princess (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.