Tenth Avenue has shown little in two starts but it does not take a great leap of faith to see him showing improvement today at a track where his trainer has a good record. The same can be said of Rupin, who should improve for a step up in trip and might be better for having another summer under his belt. Market support for either would probably be significant. Even so, IMPERIAL BREEZE has shown a modicum of ability at trips around two miles and, being related to winners up to 2m 6f, he might find enough time over this far to prove up to the task of breaking his duck.
Glen Vale 100-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent and reminder 6th, mistake next, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Cailin Na Ri (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Imperial Breeze (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 29l behind Gala Dancer (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl gf.
Keoghs Bar (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway after 11th, hit 4 out, 6th and ridden when mistake, pecked and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Overquest (11-3) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs, 8 ran.
Rupin (FR) 16-1 (11-1) Led, headed top of straight over 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 41l behind Lord Villez (11-1) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Tenth Avenue (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up in 4th, reminders after 5th, not fluent next, soon ridden, weakened 7th, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Ben's Folly (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.