Tamarillo Grove dropped away quickly over a shorter trip at Stratford last time and needs fast ground to show his best. Quiet Whisper and Vertige Dore appear woefully out of form while Domino Dancer looks to be on the downgrade and Esteem is possibly better over fences nowadays. Cinevator lacks a recent run while Presenting Ace is proving hard to place. QUADDICK LAKE got going too late at Fontwell last week and could be worth another chance if ridden closer to the pace here, though Swift Chap is interesting after last month's pipe-opener.
Quiet Whisper (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 2nd, soon not going well, hampered on bend after 6th, pulled up after 7th, in a race won by Rob Conti (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Presenting Ace (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Held up rear of mid-division, headway to 4th before 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 4th of 14, 16l behind Fear Glic (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 5-2fav (10-11) With leader, led 4th, ridden and headed after 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 10, 17l behind Hes Our Lad (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Vertige Dore (FR) 28-1 (10-13) Mid-division, well behind before 9th, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Buachaill Alainn (10-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd.
Cinevator (IRE) 10-3fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place 3rd, ridden 6th, stayed on approaching 2 out, went 3rd flat, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Lieutenant Miller (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Gay Sloane (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, challenged 2 out, every chance last until ridden and one pace flat, 5th of 15, 10l behind Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Domino Dancer (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Led until not fluent 4th, weakened after 5th, 9th of 10, well behind Hes Our Lad (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Swift Chap 10-1 (10-11) Held up in 6th, ridden and struggling after 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 17l behind Smalib Monterg (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Held up, headway 2 out, ran on flat, nearest finish, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind The Lemonpie (10-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Kijivu 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leader until 3rd, stayed prominent, led going well approaching last, nudged out, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Sep '10 beating Olivino (11-0) by 3l, 5 ran.
Esteem 20-1 (11-2) Behind, headway under pressure after 3 out, chased leaders next, went 3rd between last 2, never on terms, weakened into 5th flat, 4th of 15, 26l behind Bobowen (11-2) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
No Woman No Cry 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, effort under pressure after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 5th of 11, 21l behind Direct Flo (11-3) at Worcester 2m 7f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Boogie Dancer 25-1 (9-13) Took keen hold, not always fluent, in touch, mistake 2nd, weakened 3 out, 7th of 9, 34l behind Smalib Monterg (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Hiddensee (USA) 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4th, chasing winner and ridden when every chance 2 out, one pace approaching last, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Serious Choice (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr '10.