Snake Charmer had the race at his mercy when he stumbled and came down after jumping the last at Newton Abbot earlier this month. His reward is an 8lb higher mark and it remains to be seen if that has affected his confidence though he should beat Englishtown, who was pulled up when tailed off in that contest. Painted Sky won over 2m4f at Worcester last month but just as interesting is WINTER ALCHEMY. He got off the mark at Perth last month and clearly enjoys a test of stamina. His stable is going well at present so the six-year-old gets the nod. Vallani is fairly consistent but lacks a recent outing.
Snake Charmer 5-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, 3 lengths up and in command when fell last, in a race won by Kristoffersen (11-3) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf, 17 ran.
Englishtown (FR) 7-2fav (11-5) Held up mid-division, lost place before 7th, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Kristoffersen (11-3) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf, 17 ran.
Brousse En Feux (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, led, jumped left final 3, clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Ludlow 2m 5f sell hdl (5) gd in Oct '09 beating Compton Court (10-12) by 11l, 14 ran.
Winter Alchemy (IRE) 3-1 (10-1) Made most, ridden and wandered before last, kept on well, driven out, won at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jul beating Manger Hanagment (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Painted Sky 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling approaching 7th, headway 3 out, went 2nd last, led flat, drew clear with ears pricked, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in Jul beating Benefit Game (10-8) by 5l, 9 ran.
Vallani (IRE) 5-2fav (10-13) Towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway 3 out, went 2nd flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Little Carmela (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Flying Doctor 14-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3rd, tailed off 5th, 7th of 13, well behind General Eliott (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Amjad 25-1 (10-8) Behind when badly hampered 4th, no danger after, tailed off, 11th of 14, 41l behind Ardesia (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in May.