Franklin Roosevelt won over hurdles last time and looks an out-and-out stayer so might find a couple of these too quick on the ground over this trip. MISSION COMPLETE (NAP) went down with all guns blazing behind Ladfromhighworth here last month. He was put up 5lb for that but is suited by a flat track and may be capable of recapturing the winning thread as Traditional Bob is better over shorter and Cardigan Island has been struggling to get his head in front recently and is still 4lb higher than his last win. High Kite has shot up the weights lately but Prince des Marais isn't badly treated on his best form.
Traditional Bob (IRE) 7-2 (10-9) Steadied rear, headway chasing leading trio from 3rd, blundered 9th, weakened approaching 4 out, poor 5th when mistake 2 out, 5th of 7, 26l behind The Nephew (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jul.
Franklin Roosevelt (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Made all, not fluent 7th, clear before 4 out, ridden out, unchallenged, won at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul beating Possol (11-10) by 6l, 7 ran.
Mission Complete (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) In rear, soon pushed along, headway after 8th, went 2nd last, driven and pressing winner final 150 yards, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Ladfromhighworth (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Cardigan Island (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, but in touch, headway 5 out, soon chasing leaders, effort 2 out, soon no impression, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Western King (11-10) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
High Kite (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Prominent, led 5th, headed next, led again 7th, headed after 4 out, still close 2nd last, unable to quicken flat, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Handsome Dan (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.
Prince des Marais (FR) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 5 out, headed before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 5, 4l behind Valleyofmilan (11-1) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.