took keen hold, narrow lead, headed approaching 4th chased leader until 3 out, soon slightly outpaced, rallied to modest 3rd approaching 2 out, weakened and lost 2 places flat
Neither Front Rank nor Nordwind appear the force of old, while Muntami and Mischief Man are probably better over fences nowadays. Jim Tango got back on the winning trail at Bangor last month, however, though it's difficult to see how he's going to overturn a 32-length defeat by FINAL FLYER at Uttoxeter earlier. Alison Thorpe's charge has been beaten twice in this grade since but looks the pick of the weights today and gets the nod.
Mhilu (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Held up, ridden 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind King's Forest (11-3) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Tayarat (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Tracked leader and keen, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 28l behind Galley Slave (9-8) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Final Flyer (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, held in 2nd when blundered 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Shadow's Gold (10-12) at Stratford 2m sll hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Front Rank (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge before last, kept on run-in, 5th of 10, 2 3/4l behind With Grace (10-13) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Jim Tango (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, left 2nd 5th, ridden before 2 out, led run-in, kept on, won at Bangor 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Jul beating Chrysander (11-7) by 4l, 5 ran.
Muntami (IRE) 6-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, went 4th before 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, 34l behind Seize (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Mischief Man 13-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, pushed along after 9th, weakened 11th, 6th and no chance when blundered 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Princely Hero (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Nordwind (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Prominent until after 4th, last and struggling next, jumped left and lost touch 8th, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Black Jack Blues (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
Lets Go Girls 6-1 (9-4) Led, clear 6th, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, last of 6, well behind Solway Star (9-9) at Perth 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf in Jul.