McCoy has won on Chestnut Ben but it was two years ago and the top weight invariably finds little when push comes to shove. That was the case over course and distance in June when he finished a nine-length third to Echo Dancer with Escardo further behind. The latter was subsequently well behind LOUIS LUDWIG on faster ground here last month, however, and may not be able to turn the tables despite a small turnaround in the weights. Alderbrook Lad will need further than this while Brannoc finished behind Escardo at Newton Abbot, though did finish a place in front of Stafford Charlie who was second here three weeks ago.
Chestnut Ben (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, not fluent 8th, headway 12th, bad mistake 14th, weakened 3 out, 7th of 16, 37l behind Whistling Senator (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Louis Ludwig (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Held up, closed 3rd, went 2nd when mistake 4 out, stayed on, unable to challenge flat, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Cap Elorn (11-4) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jul.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on outside, pecked 2nd, hit 8th, outpaced 10th, jumped left and weakened 4 out, 4th of 6, well behind One Term (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd.
Escardo (GER) 6-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Chilbury Hill (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Echo Dancer 13-2 (10-13) Held up, ridden after 5th, behind 8th, mistake 2 out, stayed on, went 3rd after last, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Cap Elorn (11-4) at Worcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Jul.
The Grey One (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up, wandered right then mistake 2nd, jumped slowly 6th, well beaten 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Mister Wiseman (10-2) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Jul.
Brannoc (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, weakening when mistake 2 out, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Chilbury Hill (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Stafford Charlie 11-1 (9-7) Mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, stayed on flat, just held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Cap Elorn (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Tulla Emerald (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 8th, 6th when hit 4 out, never able to get on terms, fell last, in a race won by Cap Elorn (11-3) at Worcester 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul, 9 ran.
Strathaird (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) In rear, outpaced 6th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, 36l behind Maizy Missile (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.