John Flint's SANTERA won with any amount in hand at Uttoxeter on Sunday and he is hard to oppose despite his penalty for that success and gets the vote to do just that with the main danger rated as Stopped Out. Kate Walton's gelding showed improved form when last seen in April and he has to be given every chance if ready for his first outing for several months. Michael Scudamore's Dark Energy looked beaten before falling three out at Hereford but has had a confidence booster on the level since then, while John Berry's Extreme Conviction now seems a shade high in the weights. Market support for either Gaspara or Wester Ross would be of interest but it is hard to get away from Santera.
Stopped Out 2-1fav (11-10) Held up in touch, went 2nd at 6th, kept on same pace from last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Danish Rebel (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Gaspara (FR) 10-1 (11-6) In touch in mid-division, behind approaching 5th, tailed off, 11th of 12, 38l behind Nether Stream (10-0) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf.
Wester Ross (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, ridden 5th, hit 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 20l behind I'm In The Pink (11-3) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Extreme Conviction (IRE) 3-1fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and struggling before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, 39l behind Comehomequietly (11-1) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Aug.
Dark Energy 12-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, pulled hard, hampered 5th, fell 3 out, in a race won by Boogie Dancer (10-8) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Aug, 11 ran.
Santera (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway 6th, went 2nd after next, led 3 out, clear after 2 out, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Armenian Boy (11-6) by 10l, 13 ran.
Tibetan Dragon (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Towards rear, some progress when mistake 2 out, no extra, 10th of 16, 16l behind Rockazar (11-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.
Adare Manor (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Soon tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 12, 39l behind Ajman (10-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gf in Jun.
Pollen Jock (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Held up, went 4th after 3rd, stumbled and weakened 7th, 5th of 7, 36l behind Laureldean River (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Flying Squad (UAE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway after 5th, not fluent and weakened 2 out, 4th of 13, 23l behind Drill Sergeant (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.