Plenty of these arrive in good form including Boomtown, a winner on testing ground at Huntingdon last time. He's been raised 8lb but loves these conditions and has an obvious chance. Dungeness is brought out quickly after his all-the-way success at Warwick on Saturday though that was over the minimum trip. Catcher Star had been beaten out of sight in three races before making his handicap debut at Wetherby where he defied a last-flight error to get up on the line over that 2m4f trip. He's only been raised 5lb so a follow-up looks a distinct possibility. Cash Injection had been threatening to win a race before finally doing so over this course and distance last month. He's only a five-year-old so there should be more to come. RESIDENCE AND SPA looked well suited to a marathon when just getting up over 3m1f at Taunton but he'll be staying on better than most so is handed the vote.
Dungeness 6-1 (10-13) Made all, ridden 2 out, stayed on well, drew clear flat, won at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy beating Bold Cuffs (11-6) by 4l, 12 ran.
Count Vettori (IRE) 66-1 (10-1) Held up, mistake 3rd, headway approaching 4 out, no impression when mistake next, 10th of 17, 34l behind Ballyculla (11-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Boomtown 9-4fav (10-11) Reluctant to line up, reminder and soon led, clear after 3 out, edged left flat, ridden out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Fidelor (11-7) by 7l, 5 ran.
Campbonnais (FR) 20-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, 11th at 8th, no impression and kept on same pace from after 4 out, 11th of 18, 38l behind Courtncatcher (11-5) at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gs in Jun.
Nicene Creed 9-2 (11-1) Held up, hit 5th, not fluent 4 out, 6th and ridden before 3 out, never on terms with leaders, 5th of 9, 11l behind Moscow Presents (11-9) at Haydock 3m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Dec.
Duke's Affair 5-1 (11-9) Towards rear, pushed along and headway 3 out, one paced from next, 4th of 8, 27l behind Exemplary (11-12) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Cash Injection 7-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led 5th, clear before 3 out, mistake 2 out, 3 lengths ahead last, just held on, all out, won at Exeter 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Bedouin Bay (11-3) by nk, 14 ran.
Catcher Star (IRE) 11-2 (10-3) In touch, challenged last, lead post, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Getabuzz (11-10) by nk, 9 ran.
Brunette'sonly (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led until after 4th, led again 6th, headed next, weakened 5 out, 6th of 12, well behind Night Of Passion (10-10) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Kilrye (IRE) 12-1 (9-13) Held up and behind, headway under pressure approaching 2 out, driven after 2 out, went moderate 5th flat, 5th of 14, 30l behind The Happy Warrior (9-9) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Residence And Spa (IRE) 20-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, went 4th approaching 2 out, 3rd between last 2, chased leader and strong run under pressure flat, led final 50 yards, won at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec beating Matako (11-10) by nk, 14 ran.
Free Falling 5-1 (11-0) In touch, under pressure 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 12, 10l behind Osmosia (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
General Girling 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, outpaced after next, kept on well towards finish, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Osmosia (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
Pimbury (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) A bhnd, 9th of 12, 25l behind Checkerboard (12-7) at Four Burrow 3m ptp gf in May.
Admiral Blake 7-1 (10-6) Held up behind, pulled up 5 out, in a race won by Bathwick Junior (11-1) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov, 16 ran.
Miss Tinks 14-1 (10-7) Towards rear, never on terms, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Residence And Spa (10-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Forgotten Promise 50-1 (10-5) In rear, weakened before 3 out, last of 14, well behind Sylvan Legend (10-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Comical Red 14-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, pushed along approaching 8th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 14, 42l behind Cash Injection (10-7) at Exeter 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.