This isn't a great contest and we fancy ELEGANT OLIVE to defy top weight. Roger Curtis' mare is on a career-high mark but she's shown she handles soft ground lately and none of her rivals are exactly prolific winners. Winds And Waves has scope but hasn't run since May while Princely Hero's only recent win came in a seller. Gougane is usually thereabouts over hurdles and fences and must be a danger, however, and Ali Baba has been brought along quietly though is closely matched with the ultimately disappointing Kahsabelle on C&D running last year.
Elegant Olive 14-1 (11-2) Behind, headway after 3 out, went 3rd approaching 2 out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 16, 10l behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Social Realism (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Disputed lead to 1st, in touch, effort on inside approaching 2 out, soon ridde, weakened between last 2, 4th of 6, 34l behind Alder Mairi (10-10) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Winds And Waves (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Prominent, reminder after 4th, joined leader next, effort 3 out, kept on and every chance until ridden and one pace flat, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Dingat (11-11) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Glasson Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, went 5th 3 out, weakened next, 11th of 15, well behind Everdon Brook (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Wilde At Heart (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up and behind, hampered 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 14, 35l behind Valrene (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Ali Baba 7-1 (11-2) Held up in touch in 5th, ridden and one pace from 2 out, 6th of 13, 9l behind Killimore Cottage (10-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Kahsabelle (FR) 6-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, never involved, 9th of 16, 45l behind Okafranca (11-4) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Princely Hero (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leader until after 5th, driven before 7th, weakened before 4 out, left poor 3rd and not much room last, 3rd of 8, 36l behind Join The Navy (9-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Gougane (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd until 4 out, chased leading pair until 2 out, soon outpaced, went modest 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Denali Highway (11-8) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Dr Dreamy (IRE) 200-1 (10-5) Held up in last pair, driven after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Melodic Rendezvous (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) hvy in Dec.
Soutine (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders until weakened after 3 out, 7th of 12, 29l behind Pendra (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Marico (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, ridden and headway after 5th, weakened before next, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Midnight Appeal (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Tisfreetdream (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led before last, headed soon after, weakened and lost 2nd place over 1f out, 4th of 12, 20l behind Dancing Daffodil (10-3) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Superior Knight 22-1 (10-2) Mid-division, took keen hold, stumbled slightly 5th, mistake 9th, effort next, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, 47l behind Haldibari (10-8) at Stratford 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May '11.
Obscurity (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders early, held up mid-division, weakened after 8th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Typhon De Guye (11-3) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 16 ran.
Truckers Princess (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) In touch, ridden 5th, weakened 2 out, 6th of 12, 34l behind The Society Man (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.