Jason Maguire has partnered Smart Act, sent off favourite on his reappearance over C&D last month, in four of his five starts. But 10lb claimer Paul O'Brien is on board here while Donald McCain's stable jockey takes the ride on POLARBROOK. That looks highly significant and Kim Bailey's charge, who had form against some decent novices last season, can recoup Uttoxeter losses over this shorter trip. Powerful Ambition should be winning soon and is preferred to the frustrating Rhymers Ha' and Mitchell's Way of the remainder.
Rhymers Ha' 5-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, went 4th before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on one pace, weakened final 100 yards, 5th of 13, 17l behind Scotswell (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Smart Act (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, driven 4 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, left moderate 4th last, 4th of 9, 19l behind Knight Valliant (10-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Polarbrook (IRE) 11-4fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 9th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind What An Oscar (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Mitchell's Way 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4 out, no impression from next, 6th of 9, 16l behind Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Almadan (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in 4th, dropped to rear and ridden after last (usual 4 out), no chance with leaders on long flat, 5th of 7, 35l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Powerful Ambition (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) In rear, pushed along after 4 out, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on to take 2nd place last 100 yards, always held by winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Humbie (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in May.
Snowed In (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, headway before and led 2 out when jumped badly right and pecked, headed after last, kept on, 4th of 5, 2 1/4l behind Rupert Bear (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.