held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, chased leader 3 out, challenging as leader went badly right 2 out, led soon after, ridden between last two, clear before last, kept on strongly flat, eased towards finish
Virtuel D'Oudon, who has won three out of four under Rules, looks more than capable of holding his own in this grade. But Tales Of Milan only won a seller at Worcester last time while Cove was disappointing when well beaten at Fontwell last month. Taradrewe's best form is on a quicker surface than this while Cannon Fodder usually needs a run to put him straight. INVICTA LAKE's defeat of Henryville here just under a year ago turned out to be very good form. He's only a couple of pounds higher and is probably worth another try over a longer trip having stayed on strongly over 2m6f at Fontwell when last seen.
Cannon Fodder 33-1 (10-11) Prominent, lost place after 3 out, weakened before next, 12th of 17, 41l behind Kingsmere (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Virtuel D'oudon (FR) 4-6fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, challenged 2nd, led 4th, ridden after 3 out, headed 2 out, led again last, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in May beating Always Archie (11-6) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Tales Of Milan (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Made all, went right 8th, drew clear on bit after 4 out, unchallenged, won at Worcester 2m 7f sll hdl (5) gd in Sep beating Debt To Society (10-9) by 23l, 5 ran.
Invicta Lake (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders after next, left in 3rd after last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Urcalin (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Taradrewe 7-2 (11-0) Led, blundered and headed 4 out, soon in rear and tailed off, last of 4, 41l behind On The Record (10-13) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Cove 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, stumbled after 1st, not going that well after and several positions, behind from 7th, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Jewellery (9-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.