Rime Avec Gentil won at Newton Abbot last month before finding one too good in a couple of subsequent starts at the Devon track. She's 5lb higher now, though still makes more appeal than stable companion Illysantachristina. Am I Blue and Tae Kwon Do could both improve for recent comeback runs while Catch The Fire is usually thereabouts and Tornant was placed in his last three starts in Ireland, though returns from a break for a new yard here. AMERICAN LEGEND should do a lot better now he tackles handicaps and has far more scope than today's rivals. He's taken to open his account with Samtheman possibly best of the rest.
Laveroque (FR) 10-3fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, weakened quickly 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Carlitos Spirit (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May, 12 ran.
Pure Anticipation (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on outside, 3rd and every chance when fell 4 out, in a race won by Badgers Cove (11-5) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan '11, 11 ran.
Am I Blue 7-1 (11-4) Led until not fluent 4th, weakened after 7th, 6th of 9, 27l behind Romance Dance (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Sep.
Samtheman 25-1 (11-6) Mid-division, tailed off before 4 out, fell 3 out, in a race won by Young Mags (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 14 ran.
American Legend (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Led at steady pace, ridden and headed well before 2 out, soon beaten, 5th of 6, 15l behind Special Account (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Sep.
Tae Kwon Do (USA) 11-2 (11-10) Held up, took keen hold, headway approaching 4th, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 11, well behind Akbabend (11-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Murcar 7-2 (11-3) Tracked leader, pushed along after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon outpaced, 4th of 6, 17l behind Katchmore (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar '11.
My Horse Harry 25-1 (10-12) Held up in touch on outside, jumped left, pushed along 5th, not fluent 6th, weakened next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tenby Jewel (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Sep, 6 ran.
Canopy Of Stars 28-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, behind from 4th, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Gay Sloane (11-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
Catch The Fire 4-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden and one pace from next, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Kellys Brow (11-12) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Aug.
Illysantachristina 11-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Southway Star (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Rime Avec Gentil (FR) 2-1fav (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, chased winner before 2 out, kept on from last, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Southway Star (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Tornant (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Led and disputed early, 3rd halfway, disputed after 4 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra before last, kept on same pace to 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 19, 8l behind Dunroe Boy (10-4) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 in May.
Bingo des Mottes (FR) 10-3 (11-12) Held up mid-division, blundered 2nd, mistake 4th, soon lost place, 8th of 9, 46l behind Pindar (10-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Old Magic (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 19l behind Next Edition (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f cnd nov hcp hdl (5) gd.