Dusk gave Evan Williams another winner when belying odds of 14/1 when successful at Lingfield last week and he has to be respected under his 7lb penalty but the slightly shorter trip today may not be ideal and preference is for PROPHETE DE GUYE, who gets the verdict ahead of Ursumman. Jonjo O'Neill's gelding was below par when down the field behind Red Jester at Warwick earlier this month but has dropped to a decent mark and the yard have their team in good from so he cannot be discounted. Gary Moore's Space Cowboy has run disappointingly of late and looks best watched with a bigger threat likely to come from Brendan Powell's Morestead, who has been running well in defeat in recent starts. Kim Bailey's Good Old Days has been punished by the handicapper for his wins at Hereford and Fontwell in September but has to be considered, although more solid claims are held by Prophete de Guye. The six-year-old has been in good heart of late and, off the same mark as when placed in each of his last two starts, he has an obvious chance.
Prophete de Guye (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders 4 out, effort 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Milesian King (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Good Old Days (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leader, weakened 3 out, 6th of 8, 35l behind Zorro De La Vega (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Ursumman (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) In touch chasing group, lost place 6th, soon struggling, no danger after, 6th of 8, 20l behind Red Jester (11-3) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd.
Space Cowboy (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up in last pair, reminded after 7th, lost touch before 9th, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Nawow (10-3) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Morestead (IRE) 11-2 (10-0) Tracked leader, led 6th, headed 6 out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 28l behind Shaka's Pearl (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Ortega (FR) 25-1 (10-3) Chased leaders on outside, weakening when not fluent 3 out, 7th of 10, well behind Cartier Opera (10-0) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gs.
Dusk 14-1 (10-9) Held up in 4th, not fluent 10th, tracked leader after 4 out, challenged last, ridden to lead flat, stayed on well, won at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs beating Brimham Boy (11-8) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.