Several of these are fancied to hold their own on the northern circuit this winter. They include Lively Baron, who has won on soft ground, Bocciani and You Know Yourself. Lucinda Russell's pair Lord Redsgirth and Bescot Springs appear to have their fair share of weight at present, however, while O Crotaigh has generally performed better on quicker ground than he'll encounter today. Fitness could be key and ROSSINI'S DANCER looked well before running away with a lesser contest over 2m5f at Perth 10 days ago. He stays further and can make the most of his sharpness here.
Lord Redsgirth (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Led after 1st, headed after next, stayed prominent, ridden 4 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Pigeon Island (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Mid-division, jumped very slowly 4th and lost place, pushed along 14th, 5 lengths 6th 4 out, no impression, well held 2 out, 5th of 8, 37l behind Nodforms Violet (11-5) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Sep.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Close up, led 2nd, headed 6th, led again before 8th, headed before 9th, weakened from 6 out, 5th of 8, 31l behind Ballyoliver (10-11) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr.
Lively Baron (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 10th, reminders before 14th, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 26l behind Problema Tic (11-11) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd in Apr.
Bocciani (GER) 11-2 (10-3) In touch on outside, pressed leader after 3rd, led before 4 out where blundered, headed 2 out, soon ridden, lost 2nd last, rallied to regain 2nd post, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Doeslessthanme (11-11) at Ayr 2m hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
You Know Yourself (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, hit 1st, led before 11th, pressed from 4 out, headed last, rallied to regain narrow lead towards finish, just held on, won at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr beating Isla Pearl Fisher (10-10) by hd, 6 ran.
Rossini's Dancer 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, led approaching 8th, made rest, 5 lengths clear when not fluent 2 out, drew readily clear last, easily, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep beating The Magic Bishop (11-12) by 15l, 7 ran.
Flying Doctor 6-1 (10-8) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 13, 25l behind Bondage (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Solway Bay 18-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway 6th, pushed along after 9th, weakened 4 out, 7th of 9, 50l behind Larks Lad (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
More Equity 16-1 (11-2) Led narrowly to 3rd, tracked leader, lost place after 8th, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, ridden next, went 3rd last, stayed on to press for 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Rossini's Dancer (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.