As always in events like this, the market should be closely monitored for clues. Dance Of Time has shown ability but LOTUS POND will definitely improve for his debut second behind Red Devil Boys over track and trip. The winner has won very easily here over hurdles since so the form looks solid. Storm Lantern was popular on his debut at Exeter last month and is another with scope while Fiddleesticks stepped up on his first outing when third at Bangor and Crooked Arrow filled the same position at Sedgefield, though more is needed now. Upswing, Chill Factor and Regal Diamond are newcomers to note.
Agesilas (FR) Ultimately Lucky gelding out of Aimessa Du Berlais.
Aliking Alflora gelding out of Kingennie.
Crooked Arrow (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Hellorboston (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Dance Of Time 15-2 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 6l behind Just Cameron (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Danehills Well (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Led to 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 4th of 5, 42l behind Ballyben (10-4) at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov.
Egly Ouriet Beat All gelding out of Supreme Lady.
Fiddleesticks (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no impression when lost 2nd entering final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Even If (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Jimsneverright 33-1 (10-10) Mid-division on inside, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Midnight Oscar (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Lotus Pond (IRE) 9-4 (10-11) Tracked leaders, every chance over 3f out, ridden to chase winner over 2f out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Red Devil Boys (11-1) at Doncaster 2m cond NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Regal Diamond (IRE) Vinnie Roe horse out of Paper Money.
Supermightyfine 5-1 (12-0) Pr early, on terms 4out, sn wknd, rr & pu last, in a race won by Hi Vic (12-0) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov, 18 ran.
Upswing Beneficial gelding out of Native Country.
Avidity Passing Glance gelding out of Epicurean.
Chill Factor Oscar gelding out of Glacial Princess.
Giveitago Tobougg gelding out of Trevorsninepoints.
Grand Gigolo (FR) Enrique gelding out of Belle D'ecajeul.
Nataraja Norse Dancer gelding out of Floral Rhapsody.
Storm Lantern 13-8fav (10-7) Prominent, led after 2f, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 22l behind Comte D'anjou (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) hvy in Dec.