MIKE TOWEY has gone under by less than a length the last twice at Ffos Las behind stablemate Strumble Head and at this venue when caught late on by Maoi Chinn Tire in a decent summer novice chase. He acts on both good and soft ground so forecast conditions should prove no problem. Nodform's Violet came back from a six-month break to post a fair second to Andrea Bambalero at Market Rasen and looks the sort to improve again over fences. He's the main danger. Mystified also finished second here in June over fences but the remainder of his fencing form is moderate and Andrew Crook's Irish import, Saville Row, is a better shortlist option.
Ellandshe (IRE) 20-1 (12-5) Chsd ldrs til wknd qckly aft 9; pu 12, in a race won by Morello Mist (11-12) at Hexham Points 3m ptp sft in May, 12 ran.
How's D Strawboss (IRE) 150-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 4th, took keen hold, lost place 10th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Kingsmere (11-2) at Stratford 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs, 6 ran.
Lacarmic (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Disputed lead, headed from 4th, 3rd 4 out,, 13th of 18, 41l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan '11.
Mike Towey (IRE) 4-7fav (10-12) Led to 4th, tracked leader, mistake 5 out, led next, pressed when left clear 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Strumble Head (10-9) at Ffos Las 2m nov chs (4) sft in Jun.
Mystified (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in 5th, headway 4 out, went 2nd last, soon ridden, no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Kingsmere (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chase (4) gd in Jun.
Nodforms Violet (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, hampered 9th, stayed on from 2 out to take 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Andreo Bambaleo (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Saville Row (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, on terms 8th, 3rd 6 out, no extra 4 out, 7th of 16, well behind Heavenly Brook (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr.
Sparkling Tara 17-2 (11-2) With leader, took keen hold, hit 6th, not fleunt 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 12, 30l behind Captain Scarlett (11-5) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Squire Bill (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid div, 8th halfway,wknd and mstk 4out, pu 2out, in a race won by Lakefield Rebel (12-0) at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp gs in May, 16 ran.