Two wins in quick succession mean that My Brother Sylvest carries a 14lb penalty here and he may be foiled in his hat-trick bid. It would be no surprise to see Express Leader run well after a lay-off but Be My Light has shot up the weights. This may be too tough for Breaking The Chain and Matako, though Sparkling Tara isn't without a chance back over timber. WHAT AN OSCAR didn't beat much at Perth last month but had to be switched around horses to make his challenge and kept on in determined fashion once hitting the front. He's improving and gets a tentative vote in an open-looking handicap.
Den Maschine 7-1 (11-6) Held up, headway to track leaders 4th, chased winner 2 out, joined winner and looked to have every chance when fell last, in a race won by American Art (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f sell hdl (5) gd, 9 ran.
Legion d'Honneur (UAE) 15-2 (11-7) Always towards rear, hit 4th, blundered next, never on terms, struggling 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 12, 50l behind Time For Spring (11-12) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.
Sparkling Tara 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, slight mistake 3rd, disputed lead from 5 out, headed after next, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 31l behind Ordinary Man (11-12) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs.
Cantabilly (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway before 4 out, chasing leader when fell 3 out, in a race won by Bedarra Boy (10-10) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Jan, 7 ran.
Drumbaloo (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened approaching 3 out, completely tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Lambro (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Express Leader 11-10fav (11-0) Tracked clear leader after 1st, closed 4th, not fluent next, led 3 out, soon drew clear, very easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May '10 beating Gambo (10-9) by 14l, 12 ran.
Orbital Orchid 9-2 (10-10) Held up, reminders before 4 out, weakened before 3 out, pulled up after next, in a race won by Tri Nations (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul, 8 ran.
My Brother Sylvest 11-8fav (12-1) Made virtually all, hit 4 out, came readily clear before 2 out, very easily, heavily eased close home, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Heir To Be (11-11) by 10l, 11 ran.
Be My Light (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) In touch in mid-division, headway 3 out, challenging when left in lead 2 out, pressed last, stayed on well to assert flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr beating Marleno (11-8) by 4 1/2l, 17 ran.
Matako (FR) 16-1 (11-6) Took keen hold in touch, left 2nd 7th, led approaching 2 out, headed at hurdle, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Vintage Fabric (10-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Break The Chain 5-1 (11-6) Tracked winner, not fluent 4th, no chance from 2 out, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Araldur (11-6) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
What An Oscar (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 7th, challenged 2 out, led when mistake last, ridden out, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Sep beating Funky Munky (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Kayfton Pete 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not fluent and led 7th, narrow lead when fell 2 out, in a race won by Be My Light (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 17 ran.
The Good Guy (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Led, ridden and headed before 3 out, dropped to 5th under pressure when mistake 2 out, stayed on again flat, 4th of 15, 5l behind Sentimentaljourney (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.