BOLD RAIDER managed to make light of a four-month absence when successful at Newton Abbot and with the handicapper likely to take a dim view of that success; we'll stick with him under a winner's penalty. Mick Sowersby has two recent winners in opposition and both attempt a repeat before the assessor strikes. Carmela Maria isn't the soundest at home but she does not lack for determination and any rain would suit. Moon Melody caught the handicapper cold off a mark of 68, and having previously campaigned off marks in the 80's, he could still be well treated. Long Wave is yet to win under Rules though he did win a maiden between the flags for previous connections. Chosen Dream finished second at Worcester in a novices' handicap and Jonjo O'Neill reapplies the cheekpieces that he had worn previously. Award Winner is able though increasingly unreliable while Vote For Doodle hasn't been the easiest to train but Liam Corcoran's charge was a regular winner in point-to-points a couple of seasons ago.
Long Wave (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, stayed on same pace from 3 out, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Kusadasi (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Kasban 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, no extra last (normal 2 out), 7th of 14, 17l behind Little Eaglet (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Combustible Kate (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, mistake and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Solis (11-8) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 13 ran.
Bold Raider (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, driven to lead before next, ridden and kept on flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Theoystercatcher (10-13) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Minella Bliss (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 9th, stayed on same pace from 3 out, 3rd of 12, 20l behind High Ville (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Carmela Maria 12-1 (11-0) In rear, reminders after 5th, headway on outside to chase leaders approaching 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, led approaching last, stayed on flat and always holding on, won at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Fromthetop (10-5) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Award Winner 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 6th, lost place next, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Inside Knowledge (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Vote For Doodle (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, left modest 6th 2 out, never a factor, 6th of 16, 19l behind Western Kate (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Kayfrou 11-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 17l behind Gap Of Dunloe (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Chosen Dream (IRE) 7-2fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, bumped 2nd, not fluent 8th, chased winner 3 out, soon hung left, hung right flat, no impression, 2nd of 13, 8l behind Band Of Thunder (10-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Go Amwell 13-2 (10-6) Held up, headway after 8th, bumped on bend after next, ridden in close 3rd last, unable to challenge flat, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Salpierre (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
My Friend Riquet (FR) 33-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or when losing place 6th, closed 9th, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 13, 48l behind Band Of Thunder (10-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Handford Henry (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Soon towards rear, struggling 8th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Moon Melody (9-9) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 14 ran.
Highland River 20-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, some headway approaching 3 out, kept on flat, nearest finish, 4th of 18, 14l behind Prince Pippin (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Moon Melody (GER) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, led between last 2, clear before last, easily, won at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd beating Festival Bound (10-3) by 16l, 14 ran.
William Percival (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Jumped big 1st, tracked leader, led before 4 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 11, 14l behind Bold Raider (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Starlet Mandy (IRE) 17-2 (10-1) Led narrowly, headed after 4th, with leader, ridden and lost place approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 22l behind Amistress (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gf in Jun.
Sablazo (FR) 40-1 (10-4) Never better than mid-division, no chance from 3 out, 8th of 12, 24l behind Some Secret (10-11) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Apr.
Daddy'slittlegirl 80-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, hampered 2nd, ridden and lost place 4th, well beaten 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Lovey Dovey (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) gf, 15 ran.