Ellnando Queen was given a positive ride to score by five lengths here last month. Similar tactics are likely to be employed today as a few of these could get outpaced, including chaser Drumlang. Brinestine and Chemistry Master are worth a second look, however, though the latter was due to run yesterday over hurdles. Knightly Escapade may do better with no hurdles to jump and McCoy rides but STAND TO REASON is likely to take all the beating. A winner three times on the Flat, including once on the Polytrack, he won his first two starts over hurdles before coming unstuck in a Grade 2 last time and might be too quick for today's rivals.
Bayley's Dream 100-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, tailed off from 4 out, 13th of 17, well behind Rainbow Peak (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Brinestine (USA) 13-2 (11-6) Held up mid-division, went 5th before 2 out, went 4th 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 5th of 15, 17l behind Quick Decisson (10-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Chemistry Master 4-1 (11-0) Prominent on outside, clear 2nd after 4 out, outpaced next, ridden and no impression in clear 3rd before last, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Dec.
Civil War (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, weakened last 100 yards, 5th of 14, 8l behind First Mohican (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Drumlang (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden in 2nd before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Bar De Ligne (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Jan.
Generous Ransom (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5th, 3rd and one pace before 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 8, 11l behind New Year's Eve (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Juno The Muffinman (IRE) 2-1 (10-9) Tracked leading pair, challenged on inside 6th, led narrowly 3 out, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on, always held flat, 2nd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Lac Sacre (10-7) at Southwell 2m cnd/am sll hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Knightly Escapade 2-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders after 3rd, mistake 6th, ridden and weakened 2 out, 5th of 10, 31l behind Meadowcroft Boy (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Lord Landen (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, mistake next, jumped left and not fluent 3rd, headway approaching 9th, ridden 4 out, beaten when hung left after 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 9, 19l behind Carli King (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Mr Burbidge 100-1 (10-2) Raced wide, held up in rear when veered badly left and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Life And Soul (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in May, 5 ran.
Stand To Reason (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Held up in rear and raced wide, went 4th after 4 out, no impression from next, 4th of 6, 27l behind Zamdy Man (11-11) at Haydock 2m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, squeezed through to go 2nd before next, led going well between last 2, ridden and headed last, well held in clear 2nd flat, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Persian Herald (11-8) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Ellnando Queen 8-1 (10-8) Made all, clear after 3f until 8f out, ridden clear again from over 1f out, kept on well, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan beating Ourmanmassini (11-4) by 5l, 13 ran.
Businessmoney Judi 28-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Withy Mills (10-3) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Big John Cannon (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, pushed along before 4 out, well beaten when mistake 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Vicenzo Mio (11-8) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) sft in Dec, 6 ran.