Tarvini has plummeted down the weights but it's a very long time since he showed any worthwhile form. Award Winner is also potentially well handicapped and showed a bit more at Southwell last month, but Prince Pippin hasn't done a great deal since returning from his summer break and the consistent Dark Energy gets little respite from the handicapper. SURFBOARD looked very promising a few years ago but has been hard to keep sound. However, he showed he retains plenty of ability when winning easily at Newton Abbot last month and can follow up here.
Dark Energy 4-1fav (10-13) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, chased leaders under pressure between last 2, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 9, 5l behind Sweet World (10-7) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Aug.
Surfboard (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out to chase leaders, led before 2 out, kept on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Aug beating Jan Jandura (11-8) by 3 1/2l, 18 ran.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 22-1 (11-12) Held up, not fluent 5th, hit next, headway 8th, ridden after 3 out, 4th and beaten when not fluent 2 out, 4th of 9, 10l behind Caddie Master (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Tarvini (IRE) 17-2 (11-9) Held up in touch, mistake 2nd, chased leaders 4th, under pressure 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 43l behind What's Occurrin (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Award Winner 9-1 (11-6) Led until 1st, led before next until 3rd, not fluent 5th, lost place after next, some headway 2 out, no impression, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 17l behind French Seventyfive (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Aug.
Winning Show 20-1 (11-2) Prominent, every chance when hit hit 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, 7th of 18, 13l behind Surfboard (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Aug.