This looks a tricky finale as the four-year-old Ulck Du Lin has been raised 10lb for an easy win at Newbury. Gus Macrae was only fifth that day and is another who may be in the handicapper's grip now but the heavy ground should suit Taunton winner Majala, though the second in that race has let the form down since. MY BROTHER SYLVESTE finished ahead of the frustrating Vino Griego over a longer trip at Market Rasen last month and has since run Mentalist to three-quarters-of-a-length at Ludlow when conceding plenty of weight. Providing he handles the going, David Pipe's charge is expected to go close here. Stablemare El Lobo has scope but this is his first run for a year, though the booking of McCoy is interesting and he makes more appeal than top weight Falcon Island.
Falcon Island 20-1 (11-5) Led 3rd, tracked leader, led again 6th to after 8th, remained prominent, ridden 2 out, stayed on to press for 2nd flat, no extra in 4th towards finish, 4th of 15, 5l behind Ulck Du Lin (10-2) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs.
Gus Macrae (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) In touch, effort to chase leaders 4 out, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 8l behind Ulck Du Lin (10-2) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs.
Majala (FR) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 7th, made rest, clear when mistake last, eased run in, won at Taunton 2m beg chs (3) sft in Nov beating Renard D'Irlande (11-0) by 10l, 7 ran.
Ulck Du Lin (FR) 2-1fav (10-2) Tracked leaders on inside, headway 4 out, led 2 out, ridden and stayed on well to go clear from last, won at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs beating Oh Crick (11-2) by 4l, 15 ran.
My Brother Sylvest 15-2 (11-12) Led until 2nd, led next, jumped right and headed 4 out, pecked slightly 3 out, led 2 out, went right last, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Mentalist (10-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Nobunaga 16-1 (11-2) Raced in 4th and off the pace, pushed along 9th, ridden before 11th, driven after 3 out, weakened next, blundered last, 6th of 10, 14l behind Shoegazer (11-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f listed hcp chs (1) sft in Sep.
Vino Griego (FR) 13-2 (11-6) Prominent, led 2nd until 4th, led 5th, not fluent next, headed 4 out, led again before 2 out, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Ackertac (11-11) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
El Lobo (FR) 3-1 (11-1) Led, headed approaching 4 out, chased leader until next, 3rd and well beaten when blundered badly next, 3rd of 6, 34l behind Oscar Gogo (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec '11.
Nozic (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Led until after 3 out, one pace before last, 4th of 7, 7l behind George Nympton (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.