APERITIF hasn't got much in the way of scope but races off the same mark as when making all over C&D in a conditionals' race eight days ago and a reproduction of that effort should see him back in the winner's circle. Tara Warrior is only a couple of pounds higher than when scoring at Hereford last week and is another to consider, but Hollies Favourite has disappointed since winning a seller over C&D in June and Venir Rouge has been well beaten on the Flat recently. Cossack Prince is still a maiden over timber and his latest third in a Stratford seller suggests he'll struggle to score here under top weight.
Cossack Prince 7-2 (10-4) Led, jumped right 4th, ridden after next, headed and bumped after 3 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake 2 out, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Baccalaureate (11-8) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Tara Warrior (IRE) 7-2fav (10-6) Mid-division, headway 4th, went 2nd after 3 out, led after next, wandered approaching last, hung right and clear flat, ridden out, won at Hereford 2m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf beating Rampant Ronnie (11-3) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Red Whisper 40-1 (10-9) Led, took keen hold, jumped right and got worse as race progressed, reminder after 4th, headed 2 out, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Smart Freddy (11-2) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Venir Rouge 11-2 (11-6) Always in rear, lost touch 4 out, left 4th last, 4th of 7, 25l behind Blast The Past (11-3) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Tram Express (FR) 6-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, no impression, not fluent 2 out, last of 8, 49l behind Tara Warrior (10-6) at Hereford 2m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf.
Osmosia (FR) 22-1 (11-3) Led, headed narrowly 3rd, with leader, driven and lost place after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Seedless (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Hollies Favourite (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 1st or 3rd, headway on inside when mistake 3 out, no impression after, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 6, 27l behind A Stones Throw (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Aperitif 17-2 (11-7) Soon led, hard driven after 3 out, not fluent next, strongly challenged last, held on gamely, won at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd beating The Fox's Decree (11-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Mix N Match 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, chased leaders, 3 out, ridden and outpaced before next, no impression approaching last, 6th of 14, 18l behind Nothing Is Forever (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Aug '10.