Rear Admiral hasn't done much under Rules but has made great strides in point-to-points and comes here on a very lenient mark. Bocamix ran a shocker here in October but has since won on the Flat so shouldn't be dismissed nor should Ritsi despite being inconsistent as it's his turn to produce a better effort. STAGECOACH JASPER has had just four runs and was staying on strongly over the minimum trip at Uttoxeter last time so this should prove ideal and he's handed the vote. Swaledale Lad has the scope to do better and found 2m6f beyond him on his latest start in May.
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) Held up in touch, took keen hold, went 4th before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 21l behind Beeves (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Artisan 9-4fav (11-12) Keen, set steady pace, ridden and headed approching 2 out, plugged on one pace, 4th of 5, 16l behind Dark Energy (10-3) at Market Rasen 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Nov.
Bocamix (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Prominent, effort 3 out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Sky Calling (10-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Stagecoach Jasper 13-2 (10-11) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mistake 3 out, outpaced next, stayed on well final 100 yards, closing on front pair towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Un Bon P'tit Gars (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in May.
Danceintothelight 18-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, headway after 6th, ridden 3 out, soon outpaced, 7th of 10, 17l behind Amuse Me (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Ritsi 12-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, ridden before last, kept on to take 4th place run-in, no impression, 4th of 7, 19l behind Rupert Bear (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Lawgiver (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Always in rear, 7th of 8, 26l behind Kitegen (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Coax 20-1 (11-0) Towards rear and keen, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 19l behind Creekside (10-9) at Catterick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 16-1 (10-0) Behind, outpaced 4 out, stayed on approaching 2 out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 21l behind Pas Trop Tard (11-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Strikemaster (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Always behind, driven along before 4 out, struggling after, eased before 2 out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind What A Scientist (10-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug '10.
Rear Admiral (IRE) 1-3 (12-3) won at Easingwold 3m ptp gd in May beating Forsomeonelikeyou (12-0) by 10l, 6 ran.
Newdane Dancer (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced 4 out, weakened next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Seedless (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Jul '11, 9 ran.
Acordingtoscript (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Led, not fluent 9th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 47l behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Ute Antique (FR) 100-1 (9-12) In rear, ridden after 4th, tailed off 7th, last of 10, well behind Vuvuzela (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Funky Munky 10-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway 2 out, went poor 3rd from last, plugged on, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Dun To Perfection (9-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Scriptwriter (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced from 3 out, 5th of 6, 17l behind Star In Flight (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Ancient Times (USA) 14-1 (11-2) Never on terms, weakened 5th, 9th of 11, 44l behind Dark Energy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.