James Huxham gave the reluctant Tarvini another fine ride at Worcester and the eight-year-old should be a factor here. Mister Moonax is tried in blinkers for the first time at the age of 13 and will probably find at least a couple too good again while Southway Queen is climbing the weights despite not winning, though usually goes well here. THORNTON ALICE came up against a well-handicapped rival at Worcester earlier this month and should stay this longer trip. She looks the one to beat under 7lb claimer Daniel Hiskett though Little Eaglet, the pick of Colin Heard's pair, is better than he showed here last month and William Percival won over 2m6f here 10 days ago.
Tarvini (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, headway 4 out, chased winner before next, lost place 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression flat, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Fromthetop (10-6) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Mister Moonax (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, struggling 12th, 5th and plenty to do 4 out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd near finish, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 25l behind Victor Leudorum (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd.
Thornton Alice 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort 3 out, every chance next, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Harangue (10-13) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Southway Queen 8-1 (9-9) Held up, took keen hold, headway before 3rd, went 2nd when not fluent 4 out, led after 3 out, headed last, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-5) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf.
Little Eaglet (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, weakened from
Blue Signal (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, mistake 7th, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 10, 34l behind William Percival (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
William Percival (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway after 4th, went 2nd before 2 out, soon led, clear last, stayed on well, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf beating Jigsaw Financial (11-3) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
My Friend Riquet (FR) 40-1 (10-11) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 11th of 15, 44l behind Long Wave (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.