SERGEANT THUNDER is hardly one of the champion trainer's superstars but looks good enough to post a third success in six career starts. He sports a hood for the first time, an ever-increasing trend with current handlers, following an acceptable if unspectacular effort last time when third behind a couple of decent sorts down in the west country. This appears to represent an easier task with no rivals of such calibre in opposition and he can resort to winning ways, having scored on his previous outing with something to spare at Worcester. A Tail Of Intrigue had Larteta just over three lengths back when scoring at Uttoxeter and is expected to confirm those placings, although his latest performance when only fourth at the Staffordshire track appeared below par.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Led until after 1st, led before 6th, headed before 3 out, no extra flat, 4th of 9, 10l behind Nathans Pride (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
Sergeant Thunder 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along and one pace before went left 2 out, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Rolling Maul (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Larteta (FR) 7-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, tracked leaders before 6th, went 3rd before 3 out, soon ridden, kept on from last, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind A Tail Of Intrigue (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Speed Check (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up, always in rear, behind 5th, 10th of 14, well behind Manjakani (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Wiseoverbury (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Ww, some prog 5out, nev nrr, ko, 7th of 14, 42l behind Classic Cut (11-6) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Jun.