Volcan Surprise finished a well-beaten runner-up behind Gallox Bridge on his chasing bow and the winner has been beaten since. Tara Rose makes more appeal on her second over these fences last time and she drops back down in trip for this. Bobby Dove scored at Huntingdon and went close again when finding only Oranger too good at Ludlow a week ago. He has every chance off a 3lb higher mark but STARSKY DES MOTTES is just preferred. Vic Dartnall's charge had Kykate well behind when returning from a three-month lay-off with a good effort at Uttoxeter and this looks less competitive. Russe Blanc remains out of sorts and is easily dismissed.
Volcan Surprise (FR) 11-1 (10-12) Prominent, reminder after 5th, ridden after 4 out, one pace from 3 out, went 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 14l behind Gallox Bridge (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 2f nov chs 0-125 (4) sft.
Kykate 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, every chance 4 out, no extra 2 out, 6th of 7, 20l behind Greywell Boy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Tara Rose 9-4 (10-12) Held up in last, mistake 6th, closed after 8th, mistake 4 out, soon went 2nd, pressing winner last, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Violin Davis (11-1) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy.
Starsky Des Mottes (FR) 4-1 (10-10) Held up, headway 2nd, challenged 2 out, soon led, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Greywell Boy (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Russe Blanc (FR) 8-1 (11-7) In touch when blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Le Grand Chene (10-11) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 13 ran.
Bobby Dove 9-2 (10-2) Held up in rear, hit 7th, headway after next, challenged last, every chace towards finish, held close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Oranger (9-7) at Ludlow 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft.