Rebecca Curtis will probably find a race for Swynmor before the season is out but will need help from the handicapper. Lexi's Boy may also need to drop a few pounds but Haydock scorer Moujik Borget is probably still on a decent mark and Bernardelli catches the eye at the foot of the weights. Deep Trouble has been in terrific form all season but LYVIUS may be the one to beat. He came up against a well-handicapped rival in The Skyfarmer at Cheltenham last month but finished clear of the third and can defy a 5lb jump in the ratings. Urcalin is better than he showed last time and could reward each-way support.
First Avenue 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, struggling when mistake 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Laudatory (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gf in Sep, 9 ran.
Swnymor (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Took keen hold tracking leading pair, not fluent 2nd, joined winner 3rd, pushed along and lost 2nd 3 out (normal 4 out), weakened before next, well beaten when fell last, in a race won by Handazan (10-10) at Chepstow 2m Limited hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct, 6 ran.
Lexi's Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, ridden to challenge 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Zaplamation (10-1) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs in Dec.
Deep Trouble (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, good headway betwen horses before 2 out, led between last 2, 2 lengths ahead when veered badly right last and rider lost iron, hung badly right flat and rider soon kicked out other iron, driven out, won at Sandown 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Dec beating Urbain De Sivola (11-4) by 1l, 13 ran.
Lyvius 7-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, jumped right 1st, headway approaching 2 out, went 2nd before last, switched left and challenged at hurdle, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 4l behind The Skyfarmer (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec.
Moujik Borget (FR) 12-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, every chance 2 out, soon hung left, led approaching last, stayed on gamely, won at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov beating Ruler Of All (10-13) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Kudu Country (IRE) 50-1 (10-2) With leader early, tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 20th of 22, well behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Apr.
Honour System (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, hampered 5 out, headway 2 out, never nearer, 8th of 12, 22l behind Moujik Borget (11-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Held up behind in touch, driven after 4 out, never able to challenge, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Urcalin (FR) 14-1 (11-6) In rear, took keen hold and often jumped left, some headway when not fluent 4 out, soon beaten, 8th of 11, 29l behind If In Doubt (11-8) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Right Step 33-1 (10-10) Raced wide, held up in touch, headway on outside to track leaders before 4 out, challenging in 2nd and every chance when hit 2 out, ridden and held in 3rd when blundered badly last, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 21l behind Three Kingdoms (11-8) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Bernardelli (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway after 2 out, went 3rd before last, kept on and just held for 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Circus Star (10-2) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.