LORD JAY JAY jumped his rivals ragged under Kielan Woods at Stratford last time. A 7lb higher mark will make life tougher here but he's likely to get an uncontested lead again and may still take some pegging back. Zorro De La Vega won at Market Rasen last month and has been lightly-raced in recent years. He hasn't a lot of scope for further improvement, however, while Playing With Fire is best watched on his return from a break. The handicapper may have Sunday City back in his grip but Wake Board could be interesting if he puts his best foot forward, though has been pulled up in two of his last three outings.
Sunday City (JPN) 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, hit 1st, lost place 6th, struggling 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 49l behind Bushwacker (9-7) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Jul.
Lord Jay Jay (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Made all, clear 2nd until driven and looked vulnerable approaching last, stayed on gamely and in command flat, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Aug beating High Bird Humphrey (10-13) by 3l, 7 ran.
Wake Board (FR) 11-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, mistake 6th, lost touch approaching 12th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Stewarts House (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Aug, 14 ran.
Zorro De La Vega (FR) 9-1 (11-8) Held up in 5th, bad mistake 5th, headway 8th, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, mistake and left clear last, all out, won at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug beating Tilly Ann (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Playing With Fire (IRE) 11-4fav (11-1) Held up in 4th, hit 6th, closed next, chased winner after 4 out, blundered 3 out, no impression from next, 2nd of 5, 13l behind Trooper Clarence (10-6) at Kempton 2m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.