MAKE HASTE can take a successful step into handicap company at the main expense of Midnight Chase and Snake Charmer. The Venetia Williams trained gelding was quite well backed at Warwick and ran on gamely to finish clear of the field in second. He was no match for the winner but handled the testing conditions well and shaped as though ready for a step up to this sort of trip. The trip will hold no fears for Midnight Chase who won impressively at Folkestone over an extended two miles six. His mark may well rise by more than the 7lb penalty that he carries and it's no surprise to see him turned out quickly. Snake Charmer narrowly missed out over two miles at this track last time having responded well to the fitting of blinkers. He should continue to pay his way and can get into the shake-up over this longer trip. This trip will provide a thorough test of Red Admiral's credentials but it could bring about further improvement from the unexposed Flow Gently Along whilst Danse Macabre has plenty of heavy ground form to his name at around this trip and shouldn't be dismissed out of hand. This promises to be quite competitive but Make Haste can prove up to the task.
Red Admiral (USA) 11-2fav (10-6) Always rear, ridden and struggling 3 out, tailed off, 13th of 14, 40l behind Art Professor (10-10) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Nov.
Make Haste (IRE) 7-2jt-fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, left 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 18, 8l behind Frontier Dancer (10-12) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Deep Reflection 50-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, hit 1st, jumped slowly next, headway 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, 10th of 22, 15l behind Andytown (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.
Midnight Chase 10-3jt-fav (11-12) Raced wide, held up in rear, hit 7th, headway after 2 out, soon challenging, led before last, soon in command, won at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy beating Tarateeno (11-2) by 6l, 8 ran.
Flow Gently Along (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 3 out, staying on same pace when not fluent last, 4th of 16, 7l behind Norman The Great (10-12) at Leicester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Decree Nisi 6-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 4 out, soon chasing leader, weakened 3 out, 3rd of 7, 17l behind L'Eau Du Nil (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Snake Charmer 9-2jt-fav (10-3) Chased leader, led 2 out, soon headed, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Zahra's Place (11-1) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov.
Danse Macabre (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Always behind, 11th of 15, well behind Aux Le Bahnn (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Nov.
Pelo Du Bief (FR) 33-1 (10-1) Always behind, 7th of 10, well behind Mick Jerome (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.