ALI BABA's recent second over 2m6f at Huntingdon suggests he'll be in the firing-line here. Josh Newman's 7lb claim is a bonus and Alan King's maiden can get the better of Hartforth, third over this trip at Newcastle in November, and the unexposed Chosen Dream. Royal Deal and Push The Trigger could figure if first-time blinkers have the desired effect while Claire Dyson's pair Giveitachance and Burnthill have possibilities. Luccombe Chine has disappointed in a couple runs this winter, however, while Dawn Ride may need this. Tarvini won over course and distance in 2011 but recent efforts suggest he's lost his appetite for the game.
Royal Deal 8-1 (11-10) Prominent, driven and outpaced after 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression, 4th of 12, 21l behind Rowan Road (10-1) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Seymour Alfie 200-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, bumped 2nd, behind 5th, 9th of 15, 28l behind Karazhan (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Ali Baba 13-2 (11-5) Mid-division, mistake 1st, headway 6th, ridden after 3 out, went 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 16, 6l behind Winds And Waves (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Tarvini (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, effort approaching 10th, ridden after next, weakened soon after, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Virginia Ash (11-0) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Genny Wren 11-2 (11-12) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, headway 6th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 13, 27l behind Earcomesthedream (11-4) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Giveitachance (IRE) 11-8fav (10-12) Chased leaders, went 3rd approaching 3 out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 14, 21l behind Purcell's Bridge (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Bob's Ticket (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Always in rear, tailed off and pulled up 6th, in a race won by Saroque (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Dawn Ride (IRE) 15-2 (10-4) Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 5th of 12, 21l behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Chosen Dream (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Tracked leader until 2nd, ridden after 5th, weakened and hung left before 3 out, 8th of 13, 41l behind O'faolains Boy (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Luccombe Chine 10-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division on outside after 3rd, outpaced before 3 out, plugged on to take moderate 4th last, 4th of 15, 35l behind Waywood Princess (9-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Granwood 12-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Delightfully (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 18 ran.
Everylasting (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Mid-division, struggling 5th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 12, well behind King Of The Wolds (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Burnthill (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) In touch, lost place before 5th, reminders after 7th, soon behind, last of 7, well behind Fourjacks (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) sft in Jan.
Hartforth 20-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division on inner, ridden before 10th, kept on to take 3rd after last, 3rd of 18, 10l behind Delightfully (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Push The Trigger 13-2 (11-7) Mid-division, reminder before 5th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bravo Riquet (10-0) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Mr Robinson (FR) 13-2 (11-3) In touch, led 3rd, headed when mistake 3 out, soon lost place and ridden, weakened from next, 5th of 10, 27l behind Lean Burn (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Galley Slave (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, headway before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 4th of 12, 6l behind Funky Munky (11-2) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Velvet Vic (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) In rear, headway 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 12, 16l behind Karazhan (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.