TAROUM keeps finding one too good but ran very well in a handicap over the C&D last time and will be difficult to beat. Archie Rice won on the Flat last month and performed with credit at Uttoxeter three weeks ago while Fintan has also been in very good form on that track where he's looked as though this longer trip would suit. Tamarillo Grove will need to find a bit more but Officer In Command is an interesting recruit to hurdling having won three times on the Flat.
Archie Rice (USA) 6-4 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching 2 out, headed and hampered at hurdle, no extra last, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Paddy The Hare (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gf.
Fintan 9-1 (10-12) Towards rear on inner, outpaced after 4 out, headway before 3 out, ridden and in 3rd before 2 out, kept on from last, not quicken, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Layla's Dancer (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Indared 66-1 (9-3) Behind, lost touch over 3f out, never a factor, last of 8, well behind Gordonsville (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Oct '07 (flat).
Ship To Shore (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up, went 3rd 4th until 6th, outpaced 9th, lost touch 10th, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Vico (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f beg chase (4) gf.
Warrior Nation (FR) 14-1 (8-10) Led, ridden 2f out, hung left and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 19l behind Transfer (8-11) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (6) gd in Jun (flat).
Kargarann (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Prominent, slightly hampered 1st, led next, headed 3 out, weakened last, 8th of 11, 31l behind Taaresh (10-12) at Worcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Tamarillo Grove (IRE) 10-3 (11-1) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway approaching 2 out, went 3rd after last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Cool Baranca (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Taroum (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 5th, chased winner 3 out, strong challenge 2 out, upsides flat, held close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Consult (9-11) at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Trepalo (FR) 150-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Geneva Geyser (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Dazzling Rita 16-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, ridden in 7th after 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 11, 25l behind Belle De Fontenay (10-5) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Astromoon 22-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, challenged 13f out, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 9th of 13, 39l behind Neptune Equester (9-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gd (flat).
Officer In Command (USA) 15-8fav (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 8l behind Stand Guard (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Mar (flat).