FEAST OF FIRE has changed stables since finishing second for Steve Ryder at Punchestown in October but looks a nice prospect and can go one better here under the champion. He gets 7lb from May's Worcester winner I'm Fraam Govan and Salbatore, well beaten at Ascot after winning over 1m6f at Towcester. Picture Post probably needs to improve on his two runs so far but Eastbury and Bobbyjack are interesting newcomers.
I'm Fraam Govan 7-2 (10-13) Held up behind, smooth headway 4f out, poised to challenge from over 2f out, led on bit well inside final furlong, unextended, won at Worcester 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in May beating Easter Day (10-10) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Salbatore 33-1 (11-2) Always behind, pushed along and struggling 6f out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Eastbury Pivotal gelding out of Sita.
Feast Of Fire (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Prominent, disputed lead from halfway and led 4f out, strongly pressed and headed entering straight, no impression on winner from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Heck Thomas (11-10) at Punchestown 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-7yo) hvy in Oct.
Picture Post (USA) 8-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 13, 17l behind River Maigue (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Tokyo Javilex (FR) Sleeping Car gelding out of Etoile Du Lion.
Koolala (IRE) Kayf Tara mare out of Squaw Talk.
Bobbyjack (IRE) Scorpion gelding out of Kates Choice.
Midnight Thomas 4-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway over 4f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 15, 22l behind Master Red (10-5) at Wetherby 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Dec.
Loxley Mezile 50-1 (10-5) Behind, headway on inside over 2f out, soon chased leaders, kept on same pace, no impression when switched right inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 8l behind Seedling (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Nov.