Tamarillo Grove came back to form at Newton Abbot but this is more competitive. Rime Avec Gentil only found one too good over track and trip last month and should be thereabouts again but Thunder Sheikh's winning run came to an end at Uttoxeter and he doesn't look particularly well treated back in handicap company. It may also be worth opposing recent winners Faith Jicaro and My Lord on there terms but Tom Wade and Flying Phoenix have each-way claims. SUD PACIFIQUE has two ways of running and was well behind Tom Wade last time but he usually takes on better opposition than this and could gain a rare win here with Nick Slatter taking off a valuable 7lb.
Sud Pacifique (IRE) 17-2 (11-3) Took keen hold, mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, 11th of 12, 27l behind Tom Wade (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Tom Wade (IRE) 22-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, soon went 4th, one pace, 6th of 14, 17l behind Sea Lord (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Jul.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, led after 2 out, clear last, idled flat, eased close home, won at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul beating Me And Ben (10-9) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Thunder Sheik (IRE) Evensfav (11-5) Pressed leader, not fluent 4th or 6th, led before 3 out, headed last, rallied towards finish, just held, 3rd of 7, hd behind Purple 'n Gold (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Rime Avec Gentil (FR) 9-2 (10-6) Tracked leaders, soon hung left, ridden after 2 out, one pace in 4th when rider dropped whip before last, stayed on flat, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Solaras Exhibition (11-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Jul.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Made all, ridden before 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul beating Drawn Free (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Flying Phoenix 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, stayed on same pace flat, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Rime Avec Gentil (10-1) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
My Lord 11-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, mistake 5th, headway when not fluent 3 out, mistake 2 out, went 2nd flat, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul beating Next Edition (10-13) by nk, 13 ran.