Wins at Market Rasen and over C&D earlier in the summer prompted Richard Newland to pitch Schindler's Gold in against seasoned handicappers at Market Rasen and Galway. He was pulled up on both occasions but should appreciate the return to novice company and can't be ignored today. Vertige Dore is a full brother to a winning chaser in France and it will be interesting to see how he fares over the larger obstacles for the first time while Mad Moose would have learned plenty from his chasing bow, as would Tout Regulier. But preference is for VICO, who was very fluent when accounting for a couple of potentially decent novices at Newton Abbot and can improve again to land this.
Schindler's Gold (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, weakened 7 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Blazing Tempo (10-4) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Jul, 22 ran.
Vico (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Held up, pecked slightly 1st, went 3rd 6th, pressed leader 4 out, led next, clear when jumped right final 2, comfortably, won at Newton Abbot 2m 5f beg chase (4) gf in Jul beating Karasenir (11-0) by 13l, 6 ran.
Mad Moose (IRE) 6-5fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, mistake 10th, led approaching 13th, hit 4 out, soon ridden, hung left and headed, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Siberian Tiger (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Vertige Dore (FR) 6-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, headway before 4 out, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden to lead before 2 out, soon headed, kept on and always well held by winner, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Tri Nations (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jul.
Tout Regulier 15-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, with leader 9th, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 4, 25l behind Two Kisses (10-0) at Newton Abbot 2m beg chs (5) gf in Jul.