It will be interesting to see how Utern gets on in his first start in a handicap having shown some ability over hurdles for Venetia Williams but he looks to be nothing out of the ordinary. Mark Brisbourne's Carter ran better over course and distance last time and has place claims, while Pertemps Networks only found one too good here last time but was beaten seven lengths. George Baker's Kenyan Cat is far from certain to stay this far and of more interest may be Brian Ellison's Nicholas Pocock, who has been given a chance by the handicapper but may also be a doubtful stayer. There are no problems about the trip for Tony Carroll's CARLTON SCROOP, who was good value for his win at Kempton at the beginning of the month and as he escapes a penalty for that win, he looks worth backing to score again.
Carnac (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Dwelt, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 18l behind Lastroseofsummer (8-3) at Newmarket 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Resplendent Ace (IRE) 28-1 (10-2) Held up in 5th, effort on outside over 2f out, soon driven, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Talenti (9-11) at Windsor 1m 4f sell stks (6) gs in Aug.
Pertemps Networks 33-1 (9-8) Led, headed well over 2f out, edged right over 1f out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Hypnotic Gaze (10-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Jul.
Motarjm (USA) 5-2 (9-7) Close up, ridden in 4th over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 12, 38l behind Shannersburg (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f sell stks (6) pol in Aug.
Paint The Town Red 50-1 (7-13) In rear, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 16l behind Scamperdale (8-12) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Carter 6-1 (9-1) Reared badly leaving stalls, pulled hard in 5th, headway to 3rd 3f out until 2f out, ridden and one pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Moscow Oznick (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Carlton Scroop (FR) 3-1fav (9-9) In touch, headway over 2f out, switched to inside to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol beating Gearbox (9-6) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Utern 50-1 (9-8) Tracked leader after 2f until ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 5, 42l behind Flower Fairy (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn fll (5) pol in Aug.
Nicholas Pocock (IRE) 9-2fav (9-4) Led at good pace, ridden well over 2f out, headed over 2f out, driven and hung left to rail over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 8l behind Aussie Blue (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.
Spaceman 33-1 (9-5) Steadied start, raced in rear, under pressure over 3f out, soon beaten, 9th of 13, 9l behind Rowan Light (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Aug.
Why Nee Amy 14-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 5th of 7, 20l behind Dhan Dhana (9-0) at Folkestone 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Kenyan Cat 16-1 (9-1) Behind, headway over 1f out, staying on when not clear run and switched left well inside final furlong, kept on, 5th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Aussie Blue (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug.