TARVINI finally showed some improvement for his tumble down the weights when fifth at Newton Abbot on his return from a four month absence. He should be capable of better with that run under his belt and the champion jockey is just the man to coax it out of him. He gets the nod ahead of Minstalad, a winner over fences at Kelso before finding only one too good over the larger obstacles here last time. Roses Legend had an off-day at Worcester recently but had been placed in a chase at the same track before that and can race off a lower mark over timber while On Alert has the past form to figure if back to his best.
Shake The Barley (IRE) 9-1 (11-11) In touch, headway to chase leaders 6th, hit 7th, mistake and lost place next, last and struggling 11th, tailed off, 7th of 9, 41l behind Orang Outan (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Tarvini (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Ran in snatches, in touch when mistake 7th, lost place and jumped slowly next, rallied before last (normal 2 out), stayed on same pace after, 5th of 14, 5l behind Little Eaglet (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Rocky Ryan (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Held up, fell 1st, in a race won by Marico (10-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May, 12 ran.
Winged Farasi 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd bypassing omitted 13th, led before next, driven and headed before last, 3rd and no extra flat, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Along Came Rosie (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar '12.
Roses Legend 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, dropped to rear 5th, struggling 8th, tailed off 5 out, 10th of 11, well behind Roger Beantown (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Rampant Ronnie (USA) 20-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, well beaten 6th, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Brass Monkey (10-10) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Handford Henry (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, lost place before 3 out, mistake 2 out, passed some beaten horses latter stages, no impression, 5th of 12, 33l behind Man Of Leisure (11-11) at Stratford 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jun.
On Alert 11-2 (10-12) Chased leaders, lost place halfway, behind when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Bells Of Berlin (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May, 13 ran.
Minstalad 5-2fav (10-9) Led, hit 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Borolee (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Festival Bound (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, reminders after 5th, tailed off and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Realta Mo Croi (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jun, 10 ran.
Upper Deck (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Held up in mid-division, ridden after 10th, headway before 14th, went 3rd 15th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 12, 48l behind Lord Lescribaa (10-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp ch 0-95 (5) gf in Jun.
Heezagrey (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, struggling after 12th, tailed off, 6th of 12, 40l behind Borolee (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Moon Melody (GER) 25-1 (9-9) Prominent, lost place approaching 4 out, well beaten after next, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Auberge (11-1) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Lulu's Gift (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Prominent, not fluent 5th, ridden and lost place next, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind My Lord (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Grenoli (FR) 80-1 (9-9) Blundered 2nd chased leading pair to 6th, soon ridden, behind from 8th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Haar (11-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.