The Fox's Decree stayed on late when third at Newton Abbot last week but has flattered to deceive in the past. EARL GREZ has also proved expensive to follow but had recent C&D winner Tregaro behind at Southwell in August and finished ahead of Five Out Of Five on similar terms at Fontwell last month. We'll give Peter Bowen's seven-year-old a final chance here as he gets 16lb from Sparkling Tara, second over 2m6f here last time, and 14lb from Saddlers Deal. The latter is a pound lower than when winning at Southwell last November but has had his problems this year.
Sparkling Tara 17-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, chased winner from before 7th, challenged 2 out, chance last, kept on and just held towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind La Pantera Rosa (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Saddlers Deal (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, led 7th, headed 4 out, weakened 3 out, ridden after last, last of 4, 22l behind Soul Magic (10-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
Five Out Of Five (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Held up in last, headway approaching 3 out, 3rd before next, no impression, weakened flat, 4th of 7, 22l behind Sadler's Star (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
The Fox's Decree 10-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden approaching 10th, headway after 4 out, went 3rd flat, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Allerton (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Sep.
Tregaro (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Towards rear, headway before 8th, went 2nd before 4 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep beating Gougane (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Earl Grez (FR) 7-2 (10-8) Prominent, led 3rd, headed before next, led after 6th until 8th, led 4 out, headed after 3 out, no impression on winner soon after, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Sadler's Star (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.