MWALESHI looks another lively contender for Donald McCain after rather taking his time to get his act together over timber. An ordinary third at Uttoxeter behind Smalib Monterg was followed by a best effort to date when hunting up Red Riverman at Market Rasen in a novice handicap hurdle which saw the front three pull well clear. A repeat of that effort would probably suffice. The unexposed Germinus will inevitably attract support in view of his connections but he does need to improve on what he's delivered to date and Stag's Leap, a Kelso winner in May, looks a better alternative. He had a nice sharpener on the level six days ago when a fair fourth at Beverley and should get involved at the business end.
Knight Valliant 6-1 (9-12) Held up behind, headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 8, 14l behind Locked Inthepocket (10-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Tayarat (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Led, headed approaching 4th, weakened before next, last of 7, well behind Iktiview (10-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Mwaleshi 11-2 (11-3) Took keen hold, mistake and hampered 1st, led before next, not fluent 3 out, headed 2 out, not much room when not fluent last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Red Riverman (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Momkinzain (USA) 11-2 (11-2) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Desolait (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun, 13 ran.
Stags Leap (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leader, ridden and lost 2nd before 2 out, weakened soon after 2 out, blundered last, 7th of 9, 14l behind Navy List (11-5) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jun.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden approaching 3 out, ran on flat, nearest finish, 4th of 12, 12l behind Thegaygardener (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression from 2 out, 6th of 12, 30l behind Jeu De Roseau (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep '10.
Isitcozimcool (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Bow Badger (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct '10.
Geminus (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Held up in 4th, outpaced 5th, soon behind, went remote 3rd 3 out, tailed off, 3rd of 4, 45l behind Kian's Delight (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Border Tale 14-1 (10-13) Held up, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 11, 42l behind Letterpress (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.
Mardood 16-1 (11-4) In touch, lost place approaching 3rd, pushed along after 5th, not fluent and well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, 3/4l behind Worth A King's (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Waltham Abbey 9-2 (10-6) Prominent until before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 44l behind Jolly Roger (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
Murfreesboro 10-1 (10-3) In rear, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, soon pushed along, behind from 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Jolly Roger (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May, 9 ran.