BIG WAVE is only a pound higher than when winning this last year and, though a shade disappointing since landing a four-runner affair at Leicester in June, should take all the beating again. Alison Hutchinson's charge is one of several course and distance winners in the field but Oh So Spicy and Paradise Spectre haven't fired this year while Rough Rock has been racing over further lately. Whisky Bravo appears to have lost his way but Ryan Style has claims at the weights, though steps up in trip. The decision to run Brown Volcano over 5f last time backfired but he hadn't beaten much earlier at Bath.
Oh So Spicy 12-1 (9-9) Raced wide close up, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 11l behind Tidal's Baby (8-12) at Windsor 6f app hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Paradise Spectre 28-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 9th of 11, 20l behind Gran Canaria Queen (8-12) at Thirsk 6f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd.
Big Wave (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Queen Hermione (8-12) at Doncaster 6f fll hcp (5) gd.
Red Bay 20-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, last of 11, 21l behind Engrossing (9-5) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep.
Lewamy (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Held up, never dangerous, last of 11, 24l behind Future Reference (9-4) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jul.
Whisky Bravo 8-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, outpaced, never on terms, 6th of 9, 11l behind Pull The Pin (8-12) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Jul.
Ryan Style (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) In touch, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 3l behind Spic 'n Span (8-9) at Ffos Las 5f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Rough Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, effort over 2f out, no impression and weakened from over 1f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Saigon City (9-1) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Brown Volcano (IRE) 5-2 (9-2) Started very slowly, detatched, always behind, last of 9, 24l behind Arch Walker (9-0) at Bath 5f hcp 0-60 (6) fm.