On a couple of occasions recently Descaro hasn't appeared to get home over 2m4f so how he'll fare over this stiff 3m is anybody's guess. Failed chaser Sparkling Tara is also best watched but Via Archimede was third in a course and distance handicap eight days ago and should feature, though has a lot to do at the weights against MIA'S VIC. Noel Kelly's gelding has been competing in much better company in Ireland and his class can see him home over this longer trip. Mongress Boy was second at Worcester last month and looks the pick of the remainder.
Descaro (USA) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led 2nd, clear from 5th, not fluent 4 out, reduced lead 3 out, ridden after next, joined last, soon headed, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Di Kaprio (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cnd/am sll hdl (5) gf.
Mia's Vic (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Waited with, closer in 7th after 3 out, no impression under pressure in 5th from before straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 13l behind Stop The Clock (11-1) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in May.
Rare Coincidence 6-1 (10-4) Led, headed before 4th, lost place, rallied next, weakened before last, last of 5, 35l behind Pret A Thou (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in May.
Sparkling Tara 15-2 (11-7) In touch, lost place 9th, hampered when well beaten 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Or d'Oudairies (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in May, 14 ran.
Via Archimede (USA) 12-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd flat, kept on near finish, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Solis (11-8) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Dodge The Bullet 25-1 (9-7) Held up, mistake 4th, headway after 5th, hampered and lost place next, jumped slowly 7th, well beaten 2 out, 6th of 8, 46l behind Suprise Vendor (11-7) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Escape Artist 100-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, well behind Welsh Bard (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd in May.
Mongress Boy (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 3rd, jumped right 5th, headed after 7th, jumped right and weakened 9th, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind My Lucky Flame (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Tasheba 33-1 (11-10) Held up, not always fluent, mistake 3rd, pushed along 8th, behind 11th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Cardigan Island (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd, 9 ran.
Dry Rein (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 17, well behind Howwoulduno (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in May.