Better was expected from Grandads Horse in a Listed race at Market Rasen last month but he still finished ahead of Owen Glendower and the return to 2m4f will help and it's too soon to write off the top weight just yet. The mare Tara Rose came good in the spring, winning at Bangor and Cheltenham, and may have more to offer but Rudemeister just scraped home at Hexham earlier this month while Golden Call may need this. No Planning and Riguez Dancer could figure on their return, however, though will do well to get the better of the progressive DORSET NAGA. He was well backed on his reappearance at Fontwell and didn't disappoint, beating the race-fit Synthe Davis on the bridle. He looks capable of following up in this higher grade.
Grandads Horse 9-2 (10-11) Held up in touch on inside, hit 9th, lost place after 4 out, no impression before next, 7th of 16, 19l behind Bouggler (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
Golden Call (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Made all, jumped right at times, clear from 3rd, unchallenged, won at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in May '12 beating Danimix (10-12) by 25l, 7 ran.
Owen Glendower (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Prominent on inside, lost place and riddden after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Bouggler (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gd in Sep.
No Planning 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, fell 13th, in a race won by Netminder (10-0) at Ayr 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Dorset Naga 2-1fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd 3 out, ridden to lead before last, stayed on strongly, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Synthe Davis (11-10) by 5l, 8 ran.
Tara Rose 9-4fav (10-10) Held up, headway 13th, challenged 2 out, not fluent last, driven and edged right flat, led towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f Mares Novice Handicap Chase (Listed) (5yo+) (1) gs in Apr beating Valmari (11-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Rudemeister (IRE) 13-8fav (10-13) Held up in touch, slow 4th, headway 4 out, driven to challenge 2 out, every chance when collided with leader at last, stayed on under pressure to lead close home (4 fences omitted), won at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd beating Balding Banker (10-13) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Riguez Dancer 11-2 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 4 out, every chance after last, stayed on well, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Diamond Frontier (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 4f cond hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.