Donald McCain held a number of entries at the five-day stage and he relies upon CLONDAW DRAFT to get off the mark in the opener. The five-year-old won a point-to-point at Bennettsbridge before switching to racing under Rules, and while he's been beaten in two bumpers to date, he should appreciate this step up in trip. Western Prize was a fair stayer on the Flat and won a couple of races for Ralph Beckett. He was well supported on debut at Worcester, though compromised his chances with a series of errors. Piper Hill had some solid form in Irish bumpers but was well held in a maiden over course and distance last week, while Danandy ran encouragingly at Newton Abbot and his stable are back among the winners. Sterling Gent is rated 103 and Liam Corcoran's six-year-old will be the benchmark for the assessor to work from.
Clondaw Draft (IRE) 4-6fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed and not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Plain Sailing (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Danandy (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, soon joined leader, led narrowly before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Kilbree Kid (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gf.
Give Me The Remote (IRE) 22-1 (11-1) Mid-division, ridden and effort over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 49l behind Plain Sailing (11-6) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Indian Ruler (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Cl up in mid div, 6th 1/2way, fair 7th 4out & wknd aftr 3out, 7th of 14, 29l behind Tisonlyme (10-13) at Ballybunion 3m ire ptp gd in May '12.
Oculist 11-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, soon behind, 10th of 12, 35l behind Katies Tuitor (9-6) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep '11 (flat).
Piper Hill (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, headway before 6th, 3rd and beaten 2 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 10, 25l behind Benefit Of Youth (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gf.
Sterling Gent (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, led before 7th, headed after 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Waterford Star (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Western Prize 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd briefly before carried right and slightly hampered approaching 2 out, 4th and well held when blundered 2 out, weakened between last 2, 4th of 9, 10l behind Four Nations (10-9) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Whispering Boy (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Held up, not fluent 4th, 5th or 6th, headway 8th, 3 lengths 3rd when mistake and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Billfromthebar (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f mdn hdl (5) gf, 8 ran.
Primitive Dancing 33-1 (10-13) Held up behind, weakened over 6f out, 8th of 11, 37l behind Squeeze Me (10-8) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Presenting Me (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, hampered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Lovey Dovey (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) gf, 15 ran.