Genny Wren is still a maiden but she stays well and is not without a chance of breaking her duck on her comeback. Veteran Royal Kicks won over 3m2f at Plumpton last season but Corso Palladio probably still has a few pounds too much and Sandy's Double didn't show a great deal over hurdles a couple of years ago. SAPPHIRE ROUGE won over 2m7f here in the spring and held his own in a couple of races at a higher level thereafter. Seamus Mullins' mare can give the weight to Absolute Shambles, who finally took advantage of a tumbling mark at Worcester last month but is hardly consistent.
Corso Palladio (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leader until 6th, lost place from next, well beaten approaching 3 out, 6th of 12, 18l behind Artic Night (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Sandy's Double 4-1fav (11-4) In touch, joined leaders before 11th, not fluent next, ridden 5 out, 5th and beaten when jumped right next, soon weakened, 8th of 17, well behind Addiction (11-1) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Genny Wren 11-2 (11-11) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, hampered and lost place next, soon behind, 5th of 14, well behind Moscow In April (10-6) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) Led, ridden after 4 out, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Cannon Fodder (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Royal Kicks (FR) 6-1 (11-5) In touch, ridden before 3 out, stayed on from next, went modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Princely Hero (11-9) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Absolute Shambles 16-1 (10-3) Prominent, led before 2 out, driven flat, stayed on, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep beating Princesse Fleur (11-2) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Sovereigns Legacy 100-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, jumped left 1st, left 2nd 3rd, jumped left and bumped 8th, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, 45l behind Miracle House (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Aug '12.
Sea Cadet 9-1 (11-0) In rear, not fluent and ridden 7th, well behind 11th, 7th of 12, 41l behind Watch House (10-10) at Worcester 2m 7f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Sep.