ROB CONTI's jumping still leaves a bit to be desired but there have been definite signs of promise and this is probably a little easier than recent tests. He can get the better of Ladyvie and Ifandbutwhy, but Dorset Naga is well worth a second look as he's been very lightly raced so far and has the size to make a chaser. Highland River won at Uttoxeter before finishing third at Market Rasen and is still reasonably handicapped, though he wouldn't have the scope of some of his rivals.
Quiet Whisper (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, weakened from 8th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Park Lane (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul, 10 ran.
Ifandbutwhy (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway on outside 9th, joined leader after next, outpaced in clear 3rd after 2 out (usual 4 out), no chance with front pair before last, 3rd of 7, 24l behind Sean Airgead (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jul.
Rob Conti (FR) 7-2 (10-13) Held up, not fluent 4th and 6th, steady headway 11th, went 3rd after 4 out, blundered 3 out, no chance with winner next, disputing 2nd when blundered last, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Stonethrower (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Jun.
Sparkling Tara 15-2 (11-9) Soon chased leaders, led 5 out, ridden and headed last, soon weakened, 4th of 9, well behind Nodforms Violet (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chs (4) gd in Jul.
Dorset Naga 4-1 (10-9) Not fluent 1st, held up behind, headway 3 out, chased leaders on outside next, soon no impression, 4th of 12, 6l behind Piment D'estruval (10-7) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Ladyvie (FR) 5-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Glan Lady (10-5) at Towcester 2m cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Ban Uisce (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Prominent early, tracked leaders, 3rd when blundered 3 out, not fluent and no extra last, 5th of 11, 12l behind Ray Diamond (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Strawhall Maul (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Held up in touch, weakened before 3 out, jumped right next, 5th of 7, well behind The Disengager (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jul.
Proud Times (USA) 13-8fav (10-12) Led, hit 3rd, ridden after 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 20l behind Paddy Partridge (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Milly Malone (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Mid-division, lost place 8th, 8th of 15, 36l behind Sheepclose (10-1) at Southwell 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Highland River 17-2 (10-8) Held up mid-division, mistake 9th, mistake 3 out, went 3rd at last, no impression, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Bellaboosh (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jul.