Alwaystheoptimist had the proverbial ton in hand when scoring at Ludlow last week and should figure again, despite the penalty. Mount Vesuvius rarely runs a bad race and My Brother Sylvest is useful on his day, though it's more than two years since he last won over hurdles. Joe Tizzard has chosen the race-fit MULTITUDE OF SINS ahead of Jumps Road and last month's easy Newton Abbot winner can vindicate his decision if handling the quicker surface. Right Step lost his way on the Flat this summer and Minella Definitely and Oscar Prairie have both been off for a while.
Minella Definitely (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Close up in 6th, weakened on long run to 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 19, well behind First Avenue (10-5) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) hvy in Mar.
Oscar Prairie (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) With leader, led 7th, headed next, weakened where 3 out would of been, 10th of 11, well behind Whispering Jack (11-4) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Jumps Road 14-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, no extra after last, 6th of 22, 12l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Multitude Of Sins 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, mistake 4th, not fluent and outpaced next, 8 lengths 4th and ridden 3 out, headway to lead and edged right before next, mistake at hurdle, in command when mistake last, stayed on, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Sep beating Purple 'n Gold (11-2) by 9l, 7 ran.
My Brother Sylvest 7-4fav (11-1) Led, headed 4th, led again 8th, clear before 2 out, eased flat, comfortable, won at Huntingdon 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gd beating Red Riverman (10-11) by 20l, 5 ran.
Right Step 16-1 (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, 8th of 12, 39l behind Darlan (11-4) at Aintree 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr '12.
Alwaystheoptimist 9-1 (11-10) Held up in last trio, headway to track leaders before 3 out, went 2nd and went right 3 out, led before last, came clear flat, easily, won at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Planetoid (11-10) by 7l, 8 ran.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway on outside from 6th, chased winner after 3 out until before 2 out, no impression, one pace, 3rd of 11, 17l behind Sporting Boy (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.