Five Rivers had just been headed when falling two out over a half-mile shorter at Kempton last time. It's not certain he'll appreciate this longer trip but Maringo Bay stays well and should be thereabouts again having finished second for the fourth time in seven starts over fences at Lingfield last time. He's a couple of pounds better off with winner Sunny Ledgend. Shuil Royale has ability but is a tricky ride and Arbeo is more interesting as he's only 6lb higher than when landing a decent contest at Newbury in December. UNO D'ESTRUVAL won a minor contest in the French provinces last year and will be all the better for his third at Leicester, his first start for new connections. He may be some value at the likely odds.
Shuil Royale (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, faded, 5th of 11, 8l behind Dr Livingstone (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Sunny Ledgend 5-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, led and disputed, definite advantage 3 out until joined and hit next, idled before mistake last, idled and always just doing enugh flat, won at Lingfield 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan beating Maringo Bay (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Maringo Bay (IRE) 2-5fav (11-0) Led and disputed, ridden and looked held after 3 out, rallied and upsides next, every chance last, hung left under pressure flat and no impression on idling winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Sunny Ledgend (10-7) at Lingfield 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan.
Kind Of Easy (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, jumped slowly and lost place 6th, mistake next, headway to go 2nd 5 out, not fluent 2 out, kept on well, 2nd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Problema Tic (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Dec '11.
Ballypatrick (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent and reminder 9th, driven and outpaced after 5 out, ridden last, kept on same pace under pressure from last, no impression, 4th of 8, 9l behind Roll The Dice (10-5) at Ludlow 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Prince Buster (FR) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, went 2nd 11th, led 11th, headed 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 8, 24l behind Malt Master (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft in Jan.
Green Hackle (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along from 11th, ridden before 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Mountainous (10-10) at Chepstow 3m beg chs (3) hvy in Dec.
Five Rivers (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Chased leaders until lost place before 10th, rallied 12th, went 2nd next, led approaching 3 out, soon joined, headed soon after 3 out, driven and 1 length down but still chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by Bally Legend (11-6) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jan, 8 ran.
Uno D'estruval (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Raced wide, chased leader until 3rd, chased leaders, jumped left 8th, chased winner 10th until 3 out, weakened and mistake last, 3rd of 6, 30l behind Listen Boy (11-0) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (4) hvy in Dec.
Arbeo (IRE) 4-1fav (10-10) Often jumped right, made all, ridden after 2 out, stayed on well flat, won at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Emperor's Choice (11-7) by 2l, 11 ran.
Ballyhilty Bridge 7-4fav (11-1) In touch, headway 3 out, disputed lead next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Delgany Gunner (10-4) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Elite Beneficial (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Mid-division, not fluent 7th or 9th, outpaced from next, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Malt Master (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft in Jan.