CALUSA STAR was beaten only a head by Market Option at Uttoxeter on his chasing bow. He can overcome a 6lb rise with that experience under his belt. Tayarat's winning run came to an end over these fences last week and he steps up in trip while Xenophon was beaten only a length over track and trip at the same meeting but is raised in class for this. Alta Rock has yet to figure over fences while both Magic Present and Top Billing make their chasing debuts.
Alta Rock (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Chased leaders in 4th, blundered 8th, soon lost place, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Purcell's Bridge (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 11 ran.
Magic Present 9-1 (10-3) Prominent, lost place after 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Sybarite (11-4) at Perth 3m 3f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Apr.
Top Billing 14-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 8th of 13, 32l behind George Fernbeck (10-11) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Tayarat (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, lost place and niggled along before 8th, outpaced from 4 out and well held approaching 3 out, ran on flat, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Old Pals Act (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Calusa Star 12-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway after 13th, challenged 2 out, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Market Option (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Xenophon 8-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd or 5th, left 2nd 11th, led before 2 out, headed approaching last, held flat, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Presenting Junior (11-5) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.