This looks an above average race for the time of year and the market should be watched concerning American Legend on his debut for Jonjo O'Neill. A close relation to the ill-fated Snow Tern, the Presenting gelding could literally be anything. Butler was no mug on the Flat when with Luca Cumani, and Tim Vaughan thought enough of him to take a tilt at a Listed prize his hurdling debut. Though rated some way beneath the latter on the Flat, it could pay to stick with the somewhat safer option of CLARION CALL. Evan Williams' charge does possess more experience than most in this field and it could be argued that he was unlucky to come up against an above average recruit at Newton Abbot on his most recent outing. In receipt of a 3lb allowance that he receives as weight-for-age, he looks to be the benchmark for the opposition.
Butler (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Led, headed after 1st, tracked leaders, 3rd and beaten approaching last, weakened flat, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Compton Blue (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Celtic Fella (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) In rear, well behind after 2nd, tailed off when pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Brady (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd, 11 ran.
Dr Dreamy (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Ww rr, 8th 5out, prog aftr 4out & went 4th 2out, went 2nd cl home, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Ash Rowe (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Moulin Tour (FR) 33-1 (10-11) Held mid-division, weakened 4 out, 10th of 11, well behind According To Trev (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Queen's Pawn (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Mistakes, took keen hold towards rear, poor 7th when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Special Account (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jun, 12 ran.
Vintage Tea 40-1 (10-12) Led until before 3rd and again approaching 5th, carried left by loose horse 3 out, headed after 2 out, beaten when hit last, no extra, 5th of 13, 13l behind Cape Express (11-2) at Hereford 2m 1f 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Jun.
American Legend (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Coole Eile.
Clarion Call 10-11fav (10-11) Led, ridden and headed when blundered 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Cabimas (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Bushlark 150-1 (11-2) Held up in touch in main group, ridden and lost place 9f out, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Baby Shine (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m mrs N H flat (5) gs in Feb '11.