Purple 'n Gold looked promising last summer but didn't progress as expected. Focail Maith has had plenty of chances but Frozen Over has been knocking on the door, though has also been climbing the weights without winning. AUGUST HILL only won a conditionals' race at Wincanton earlier this month but the runner-up franked the form at Newton Abbot on Saturday and Micheal Nolan's mount can double his tally. Stevie Thunder is rarely far away and the sharp track will suit but he has been regularly beaten off today's mark while course and distance winner Rolling Dough is returning from a break.
Purple 'n Gold (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Made most, driven 2 lengths clear after 3 out, headed approaching next, weakened last, 9th of 10, 28l behind Hint Of Mint (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Focail Maith 9-4fav (10-11) Held up and off the pace, plugged on from 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 11, 22l behind Benbecula (11-0) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Cantony 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, closed 1st (normal 3rd), mistake last (normal 3 out), one pace and no impression inside final 2f, 4th of 10, 18l behind Hint Of Mint (11-5) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Hollywood All Star (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, jumped right and bumped 1st, mistake next, headway after 5th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 10, 19l behind Spyder (11-0) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Pembroke House 14-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 8th, headed after 3 out, chased leader until before next, one pace in 3rd, 3rd of 13, 17l behind Laughton Park (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Frozen Over 4-1 (11-4) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, 3rd and driven after 2 out (usual 3 out), effort to challenge approaching bypassed 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace flat, just held on for 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Polstar (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
August Hill (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway after 3 out, led before last, edged left soon after, driven flat, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd beating Enchanting Smile (10-2) by 3l, 12 ran.
Ernest Speak (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway on outside 7th, challenged and upsides when blundered 3 out, soon lost place, no impression from next, 5th of 11, 26l behind Max Ward (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Stevie Thunder 7-1 (10-6) Chased leaders on outside, 2nd after 3 out, ridden before last, stayed on same pace and dropped to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Calaf (11-1) at Stratford 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Maxi Mac (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led after 4th to next, lost place 2 out (usual 3 out), soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 8th of 9, 37l behind Polstar (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Knockgraffon Lad (USA) 7-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd before last, hampered last, weakened towards finish, 5th of 16, 8l behind Ivebeenthinking (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Barney Rubble 16-1 (10-13) Left 2nd on stable bend after 1st until well before 4 out, soon pushed along, weakened before next, 4th of 10, 25l behind Dubawi Island (11-11) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Rolling Dough (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, soon chased leaders, driven next, ridden flat, stayed on to lead final 75 yards, won at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Dec beating Scales (11-7) by nk, 10 ran.
Rhinestone Rebel (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leader until 4th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Meganisi (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in May '12.