GREAT TUSKAR should improve immensely from the experience of his debut where he finished fourth behind the smart Tataniano. He travelled well into the race at Cheptow before appearing to be outpaced by the placed horses. Ellen Telley has shown gradual progression through her three starts while of the three winners in the race Vacario, who contested an all-weather bumper on his latest outing should be suited by the stronger gallop that should ensue here. Anyauldiron contested a bumper run at a pedestrian pace at Haydock first time out. The sprint which occurred up the straight would not have suited him and with a stronger gallop likely owing to the large field, he is another to consider. Market moves for the remainder should be followed, as always in contests like this but Great Tuskar is the nomination.
Magellan Straits 25-1 (10-2) Held up, raced keenly, stumbled over 12f out, led 6f out, clear 3f out, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m nhf (6) gd in Jun beating Gaye Starlet (10-8) by 7l, 14 ran.
Vacario (GER) 9-1 (11-11) Held up mid-division, hampered, lost place after 6f, ridden, headway over 3f out to chase leaders, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Like Minded (11-4) at Lingfield 2m nhf (6) pol in Nov.
Wisteria Lane (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Behind, headway to lead over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, driven out, won at Lingfield 2m nhf (6) pol in Mar '07 beating Irish Wedding (10-12) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Anyauldiron (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Led until headed 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 5th of 11, 10l behind Dare Me (11-8) at Haydock 2m nhf (3) gs in Nov.
Bering de Lauriere (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway 4f out, chased winner 3f out, no chance, 2nd of 9, 18l behind Hills of Home (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f nhf (6) gf in Apr '07.
Birch Hill Bedouin Nomadic Way gelding out of Biddles.
Cocoa Key (IRE) Key Of Luck gelding out of Renvyle Rose.
Dont Even Ask 9-4fav (10-9) Tracked leader, ridden 5f out, plugged on, 5th of 13, 3l behind Ashleys Petale (10-4) at Fontwell 1m 6f mdn nhf (6) gd in Feb.
Great Tusker (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway 4 out, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 4th of 15, 12l behind Tataniano (11-0) at Chepstow 2m nhf (6) gd in Oct.
Knight Woodsman Sir Harry Lewis gelding out of Jowoody.
Mole In One 100-1 (10-9) Refused to race refused to race in race won by Blistering (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m nhf (5) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Mtoto's Prince 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear, headway 4f out, ridden and no impression final 2f, 10th of 14, 22l behind Red Harbour (11-0) at Ascot 2m nhf (4) gd in Nov.
Quelqu'un Comme Toi (FR) Evening World gelding out of Urta.
Topping The Bill 50-1 (10-7) Always in the rear, held up final 3f, 13th of 14, 43l behind Red Harbour (11-0) at Ascot 2m nhf (4) gd in Nov.
Would I Lie To You 7-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, weakened over 4f out, soon tailed off, last of 11, well behind Zarrafakt (10-13) at Folkestone 2m 1f nhf (6) sft in Nov.
Elegant Olive 66-1 (11-0) Held up, ridden and headway 3f out, soon chasing leaders and no extra final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Bella Haze (10-7) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn nhf (6) gd in Nov.
Ellen Tilley 5-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 5f out, chased winner from over 2f out, kept on, no extra close home, 2nd of 16, nk behind Bella Haze (10-7) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn nhf (6) gd in Nov.