Red Jade and Shadows Lengthen are potentially decent recruits from the Flat but neither have been at the top of their game lately, while Speed Dating didn't show a great deal on his hurdling debut at Leicester. The penalised Gentleman Jeff looks opposable on his first start since finishing well beaten on the Flat at Naas in October, but Danceintothelight should be able to build on her Hexham win. Preference, however, is for DUNOWEN POINT who comes here off the back of a couple of decent efforts in bumpers and is sure to have been well schooled.
Gentleman Jeff (USA) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 5th, dropped to 6th 3 out, soon no extra, 6th of 8, 21l behind Lancetto (11-12) at Naas 2m hdl gf in Oct.
Aldaado (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Soon led, driven and headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 17l behind Stanley Rigby (8-9) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs (flat).
Daredevil Dan 3-1fav (9-1) Led after 2f, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 17l behind Waahej (8-9) at Pontefract 1m 2f app hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr (flat).
Dirleton (IRE) 7-2fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place 5f out, 11th of 15, well behind Lively Baron (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Dunowen Point (IRE) 15-8fav (11-4) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, headway 3f out ridden to lead 1f out, hung left and headed, no extra, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Little Hercules (11-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd in Dec.
Napoletano (ITY) 16-1 (9-1) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until 1f out, weakened well inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Master Of Light (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct (flat).
Plutonium (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) In touch, lost place 10f out, weakened 5f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind First Rock (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Red Jade 10-3 (9-9) Raced wide, in touch in rear, ridden 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 6, 16l behind Hidden Glory (9-0) at Southwell 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) fbs in Dec (flat).
River Dragon (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, took keen hold, led over 6f out, headed over 4f out, one pace and no impression on winner over 1f out, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Cloudy Spirit (10-7) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Shadows Lengthen 25-1 (9-6) Tracked leader until 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 15l behind Spensley (8-12) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov (flat).
Speed Dating 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outside, chased leaders after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 9, well behind Frascati Park (11-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Tale Of Tanganyika (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, ridden and hit 2 out, pecked last, no extra and lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 14, 6l behind Dica (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Danceintothelight 9-4 (10-12) Took keen hold, led, not fluent 4th, headed 4f out, soon outpaced, rallied and switched left before last, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov beating Molon Labe (10-12) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Matilda's Folly (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 6th of 9, 42l behind Tazzarine (10-12) at Southwell 2m mares n h flat (5) std in Dec.
Pickworth (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Behind, hit 6th, never near leaders, 7th of 13, 48l behind Bianco Fuji (11-4) at Leicester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Royal Crystal 66-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, tracked leader 2f, in touch after until weakened over 5f out, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Priceless Art (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.