Best Boy Barney won over a shorter trip here last month but was well beaten off today's mark at Worcester subsequently. American Legend didn't do himself justice when favourite at Worcester last time and remains capable of better but was behind Calusa Star over track and trip on his chasing bow. The latter then unseated his rider when beaten at Market Rasen in a race in which Alta Rock also failed to complete. Big Sound had every chance at Hexham last time and is in danger of becoming disappointing. TALES OF MILAN, a winner over hurdles in Ireland, looked in need of his first run for Sarah Humphrey at Fakenham and performed accordingly. He'll strip fitter here and should be thereabouts with a clear round. Moss Grove won at Newton Abbot on Monday but looks worth opposing under a penalty.
Academy General (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, weakened after 5 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Danandy (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.
American Legend (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5th, challenged 11th, ridden after 5 out, well held 3 out, went left next, weakened into 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 21l behind Danandy (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in May.
Tales Of Milan (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Mid-division, out paced 14th, kept on one paced from 2 out, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Fair Dilemma (11-11) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd 8th until 10th, ridden after 14th, weakened flat, 8th of 14, 11l behind Mission Complete (11-10) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd.
Gale Force Oscar (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Took keen hold, led until 3rd, pressed winner, mistake 8th, not fluent 14th, weakened from 3 out, blundered last, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Theatre Queen (11-3) at Stratford 3m 4f nov hts chs (2) gs in May.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 9-4 (12-7) (cp) led til hdd 2 out; 2nd & btn when fell last, in a race won by Rosies Peacock (12-7) at Pembrokeshire 3m ptp gs in May, 3 ran.
Alta Rock (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 10th, in a race won by Tayarat (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May, 6 ran.
West End (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Prominent until 3rd, jumped right next, closed 7th, chased winner after 3 out until before last, no extra flat, 4th of 10, 15l behind Neverownup (11-4) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in May.
Big Sound 2-1fav (10-3) Chased winner until 2nd, chased leading pair, went 2nd again 4th, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and no impression on long run to last, 2nd of 4, 6l behind Wolf Shield (11-8) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in May.
Ballycassel (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Towards rear, blundered 3rd, headway into mid-division 8th, chased leaders next, left in close 2nd 10th, ridden along and lost 2nd before 2 out, no extra in 4th at the last, beaten when hung left run-in, 5th of 12, 8l behind Kilcascan (9-13) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Honour A Promise 12-1 (11-9) Held up behind, pushed along before 7th, reminders before 9th, soon weakened, 5th of 8, well behind Wicklewood (10-1) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Calusa Star 2-1fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led after 3rd, headed before 3 out, in 3rd and weakening when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Tayarat (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May, 6 ran.
Moss Grove (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Towards rear, good headway tracking leaders 13th, led 4 out, driven before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating Rogue Dancer (9-11) by 4l, 16 ran.
Solway Sam 14-1 (10-13) In rear, headway 4 out, kept on from 2 out, 4th of 16, 11l behind Shooting Times (10-7) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Bold Tara 12-1 (10-11) In touch, hit 4th, headway to chase leader 5th until 8th, chased leaders, ridden after 5 out, left in modest 3rd 4 out, left 2nd next, lost 2nd 2 out, soon no extra, 3rd of 11, 22l behind Bally Lagan (9-13) at Worcester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in May.