Paul Nicholls runs the four-year-old French-bred Vesperal Dream here but he needs to improve on what he's shown so far. The ex-Irish Sands Cove has his first run for a new yard following a short-break while Roger Beantown has been rested since finishing second on fast ground at Market Rasen in July. Regal One and Tresor De Bontee have an even longer absence to overcome, though the latter should have further improvement in him this winter. RED RIVERMAN has proven fitness on his side and has only been raised 3lb since beating The Italian Yob at Exeter, where Flaming Charmer was beaten when falling at the last. Another victory could be on the cards as Un Bon P'tit Gars has a bit to prove at present.
Un Bon P'tit Gars (FR) 12-1 (10-4) in a race won by La Segnora (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f hdl gs in May, 17 ran.
Red Riverman 10-1 (10-9) Held up, smooth headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, driven and went 2nd before the last, led soon after last, hung right flat, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 1f (3) gs in Oct beating The Italian Yob (10-11) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Roger Beantown (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 6th, chased winner before 3 out, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 5, 6l behind General Miller (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul.
Sands Cove (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Raced in moderate 3rd, a little keen, closed before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 5, 11l behind The Real Article (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f nov chs gd in Jul.
Flaming Charmer (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders on outside, every chance 4 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened into 4th when fell last, in a race won by Red Riverman (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f (3) gs in Oct, 6 ran.
Regal One (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, weakened before 2 out, last of 6, 39l behind Mr Mole (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f (3) hvy in Feb.
Vesperal Dream (FR) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakening when mistake 2 out, 6th of 7, 36l behind Notarfbad (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Grey Soldier (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) In rear, mistake 7th, not fluent 9th, ridden before 12th, behind 14th, went modest 4th last, 4th of 8, 25l behind Western King (11-8) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Tresor De Bontee (FR) 7-2fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, chased leader next, led approaching last, stayed on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar beating Circus Star (10-12) by 3l, 9 ran.