Spock has left Paul Nicholls to join Alex Dunn's yard. A change of scenery could rekindle his enthusiasm while French Ties and Gud Day have both been knocking on the door. Intac is well treated on his old form but has probably seen better days and Suburban Bay is still awaiting a first victory over fences after 10 previous attempts and has questions to answer after being pulled up in a novices' handicap at Southwell last time. SURF AND TURF has yet to manage a win under McCoy and looks a tricky ride but he undoubtedly has ability, as he showed on his only previous run over today's course and distance, and might be worth another chance.
Spock (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway 7th, ridden after 4 out, 3rd and one pace 2 out, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Henry San (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf.
French Ties (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, every chance last, ridden and kept on flat, held towards finish, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Dark Energy (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
Surf And Turf (IRE) 10-11fav (11-12) Prominent, hampered 1st, not fluent 4th, led 6th, ridden after 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra flat, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Tri Nations (10-6) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Gud Day (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Held up in touch on outside, chased leading pair 3 out, went left next, ridden and kept on flat, held towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Temple Lord (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Intac (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) (bl) led 6 til hdd 15; no ex 2 out, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Watch The Birdie (10-0) at Torrington Farmers 3m ptp gf in Jun.
Suburban Bay 3-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway before 14th, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Green Bank (11-8) at Southwell 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul, 7 ran.