BELLVANO has a penalty which makes life tough but Nicky Henderson's gelding is nominated over King's Legacy and Super Villan. The selection was not especially impressive at Musselburgh, but he has arrived on the racecourse with a lofty reputation. He is expected to improve for the experience of that run and he can land this before a crack at the Cheltenham Bumper. King's Legacy was well-fancied for his debut at Wincanton but he found one too good in the form of Jau. The first two home were a whopping 26 lengths in front of the third and that would hint that the first two are pretty decent. Super Villan is related to a few winners and Mark Brandstock's son of Alfora gets plenty of weight as a relative youngster. Blinkers are tried on La Patrona for the first time in the hope of eliciting some much needed improvement, whilst Ballybach was not beaten far in a good race at Ascot and is very much of interest. A fair finish, but Bellvano is taken to peal off another win.
Bellvano (GER) 1-2fav (11-3) Held up, smooth headway from over 3f out to lead over 2f out, driven clear final furlong, won at Musselburgh 2m nhf (5) gd beating Nodforms Violet (11-4) by 2l, 9 ran.
Ballybach (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on, not clear run inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 6l behind Red Harbour (11-4) at Ascot 2m nhf Grd 2 (1) gs in Dec.
King's Legacy (IRE) Evensfav (11-2) Pulled early in touch, ridden and headway after 3f out, soon challenged and led, hard ridden 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 17, 2l behind Jau (11-2) at Wincanton 2m nhf (5) gs in Dec.
La Patrona 16-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden and weakened over 5f out, 19th of 20, well behind Madame Mado (10-12) at Warwick 2m mrs nhf (5) gs in Nov.
Quapriland (FR) 17-2 (10-11) Chased leader to 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 19l behind Tara Taylor (11-2) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs nhf (6) gs in Jan.
Cyder With Rosie Dancing Spree gelding out of Stay With Me Baby.
Rigadin De Beauchene (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Held up, headway halfway, effort 3f out, soon one pace, 8th of 13, 16l behind General Miller (10-7) at Kempton 2m nhf (6) sft in Jan.
Super Villan Alflora gelding out of Country House.