Fairwood Massini arrives in great form after victories at Ffos Las and Stratford, though the hat-trick may be beyond him off his new mark. Sean Airgead has been raised 8lb since a narrow win at Cartmel while Sergeant Pink is 3lb higher than when just beaten at Perth last time. Violets Boy is interesting if reproducing recent useful form at Market Rasen, however, and Tregaro was a comfortable winner of a four-runner race over 2m4f here last time, though races from out of the handicap in this higher grade. BUCK MULLIGAN is back on a winning mark and eased in class so there's every chance he'll find his way back into the winner's enclosure sooner rather than later- he gets a tentative vote.
Sean Airgead (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) In rear, mistake 1st, headway before 11th, went 3rd 3 out, went 2nd after last and going well, led before elbow over 1f out, soon ridden, headed run-in, kept on gamely to regain lead towards finish, won at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug beating Supreme Duke (9-11) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Buck Mulligan 12-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, never on terms, no impression next, 7th of 11, 10l behind The Disengager (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Aug.
Fairwood Massini (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, mistake 12th, led 4 out, 5 lengths ahead when not fluent last, driven out, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf beating Henry San (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 8th, mistake 4 out, ridden before and led 2 out, headed before last, kept on and every chance run-in, just held close home, 2nd of 6, hd behind Scotch Warrior (10-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
Sir Frank (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Prominent, led 2nd, headed 11th, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Noble Legend (11-1) at Haydock 2m 6f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar.
Violets Boy (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, lost place before approaching 3rd, not fluent 7th, headway 9th, one pace before last, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Rockiteer (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Next Oasis (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Blundered badly 1st, mid-division, weakened after 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by De Faoithesdream (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Aug, 7 ran.
That's The Deal (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 10th, weakened 4 out, 4th of 6, 37l behind Callhimwhatyouwant (10-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Father Shine (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, went 3rd from 9th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, 19l behind Sean Airgead (11-7) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Tregaro (FR) 6-1 (10-0) Ran without declared tongue strap, held up in 4th, headway 11th, challenged going well 4 out, led 2 out, clear flat, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Larks Lad (11-12) by 12l, 4 ran.