The temptation to offer No No Cardinal another chance after a dreadful performance last time has passed and CAPISCI, a winner or placed in seven of his last eight makes far more appeal. He was way clear of the aforementioned last time and only a last-fence blunder finally put paid to his chance when second to Marky Bob at Newton Abbot. He can go one better now at the main expense of Hopeand, a chaser with some fair form to his name but one who has gone right off the boil this year. He's now down to his last winning mark and would be dangerous if recapturing something like his best. Red Whisper got the job done quite nicely at Towcester in May but has been pulled up and tailed off on two subsequent starts which makes him tough to support.
Hopeand 20-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 8, 31l behind Supreme Present (11-3) at Southwell 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Capisci (IRE) 2-1 (11-8) Went badly right 1st, led, narrowly headed 3rd, pressed winner, driven to narrow lead approaching 2 out, headed soon after 2 out, chased winner, no extra and held when blundered last, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Marky Bob (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Red Whisper 10-1 (10-6) Last pair, pushed along and struggling before 8th, never a factor, 9th of 14, well behind Mister Wiseman (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
No No Cardinal (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th (water), modest 4th from 7th, outpaced and no chance with leading trio before 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, 38l behind Marky Bob (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf.
Generous Bob 28-1 (9-11) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, rider lost iron briefly 3rd and dropped to 4th, chased leaders, went left 5th, pushed along and struggling in 5th before 8th, weakened before next, tailed off 4 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Respectueux (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun, 8 ran.
If And When 20-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway on outside 6th, lost place before 8th, not fluent 2 out, no impression when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Princesse Fleur (11-2) at Stratford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs, 7 ran.