Alan King's Alberto Giacometti gelding Montbazon looks the most interesting of the newcomers in this but experience could be vital in a big field so preference is for CHELTENIAN. Second at Punchestown in the autumn when with Elizabeth Doyle, the Astarabad gelding is now with Philip Hobbs and can be expected to improve on his initial effort as his career progresses. Malibu Sun shaped with promise when fourth to Cinders And Ashes at Southwell in December, while Tickle Me ran well for a long way at Hereford last month and should improve. Raifteiri ran on again after getting briefly outpaced over 1m6f at Huntingdon last month so the step up to 2m should suit and he is probably the pick of the remainder.
Black Cache (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, lost place 5f out, soon behind, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Lucky Landing (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Cheltenian (FR) 5-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outer, headway into 2nd entering straight, soon ridden, strongly pressed winner when veered left over 1f out, kept on well final furlong without reaching winner, 2nd of 21, 1 1/4l behind Wandering Aengus (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gd in Oct.
Everkingly Bollin Eric gelding out of Pink Mosaic.
Real Tempo (FR) 40-1 (10-7) Always rear division, tailed off, 8th of 11, 23l behind Oscar Whisky (11-7) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) sft in Nov '09.
Simply Ben (IRE) Pilsudski gelding out of Peace Time Girl.
Tickle Me (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along 5f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Hayjack (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Willard 50-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division, ridden 5f out, weakened 4f out, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Hildisvini (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Bach To Front (IRE) 80-1 (11-2) Raced wide in mid-division, ridden along 5f out, struggling soon after, 6th of 12, 40l behind Madame Allsorts (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) hvy in Jan.
Call Me Friday 50-1 (10-1) Mid-division, pushed along over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Heather Royal (10-8) at Bangor 2m 1f N H flat (5) gd in May.
Fifi L'amour (IRE) Flemensfirth mare out of Supreme Adventure.
Gleann Eagas (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, some headway 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 11, 21l behind Tour D'argent (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) sft in Jan.
Hamilton Hill 20-1 (10-12) Behind, headway over 3f out, plugged on one pace final 2f, 5th of 11, 21l behind Tour D'argent (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) sft in Jan.
Kindlelight Soleil (FR) Anabaa gelding out of Fee Du Nord.
Lord Aldervale (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Always in rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, 18l behind Keys (11-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (5) hvy in Nov.
Malibu Sun 25-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, pushed along and headway over 3f out, ridden edged left and one pace final 2f, 4th of 14, 20l behind Cinders And Ashes (11-5) at Southwell 1m 6f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (5) std in Dec.
Montbazon (FR) Alberto Giacometti gelding out of Duchesse Pierji.
Orsm Erhaab gelding out of Royal Roulette.
Raifteiri (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, pushed along 6f out, stayed on same pace final 3f, 4th of 15, 12l behind Ericht (11-5) at Huntingdon 1m 6f NH flat (6) gs in Jan.