ARTIC NIGHT makes plenty of appeal in this. He will have needed his run at Towcester two weeks ago and won off a 2lb higher mark on heavy ground at Carlisle around this time last year. Boomtown's hat-trick bid fell flat at Doncaster last month and he's high enough in the weights again now but Stravita should go well under McCoy after winning by 12 lengths at Hereford. She's 8lb higher now, however. Nicene Creed looks a shadow of his former self while Achieved, second over 2m2f here last time, is carrying 5lb more than his allotted weight though does have a 7lb claimer on board.
Nicene Creed 14-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5th, hampered before 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 11, 21l behind Bosamcliff (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Stravita 5-1 (11-5) Held up in touch in mid-division, slightly hampered 3 out, soon ridden, headway next, 2nd and beaten when left clear last, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Withy Mills (11-3) by 12l, 11 ran.
Gaelic Silver (FR) 13-2 (10-7) Mid-division, lost place 3 out, soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Seedsman (11-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Carbis Bay 100-1 (10-7) Led, headed after 4th, chased leader until before 3 out, weakened quickly, soon behind, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Artic Night (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Behind, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 12, well behind Dancing Daffodil (10-3) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Bollin Tahini 33-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 18l behind Killimore Cottage (10-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Boomtown 7-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind Killimore Cottage (10-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Canazta 200-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 4 out, soon ridden and weakened next, 10th of 14, well behind Diamond Sweeper (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Benozzo Gozzoli 28-1 (10-4) Held up, jumped right and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Doctor Ric (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in May, 9 ran.
Verumontanum (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up, headway to chase leading pair 4 out, ridden after next, driven between last 2, soon no impression and weakened, 6th of 8, 12l behind Bravo Bravo (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Achieved 33-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on inside, ridden after 2 out, went 2nd well before last, well held when went right last, edged left under pressure flat, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Fitandproperjob (10-10) at Folkestone 2m 1f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft.