Titus Mills won a Listed race as a two-year-old and ran in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy. But his career on the Flat went downhill after that and there has to be a question mark over his stamina, even on this sharp track. The Stout Italian has twice finished second in bumpers and should find a small race over hurdles but winning pointers River Exit and Sure Thing still have a bit to prove under Rules. UTOPIAN is gradually finding his feet over hurdles and, though this track may not be ideal, he looks the one to beat. Newcomer Young Lou showed promise on the Flat and could run into a place at decent odds if fully wound-up.
Camera Shy (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, hit 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off when mistake 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Tominator (11-9) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy, 6 ran.
Catch Me Up (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Behind, headway 4 out, soon lost place, behind when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Shotavodka (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy, 14 ran.
Church Field (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Always behind, tailed off, last of 20, 10l behind Reine Angevine (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Kayalar (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Always behind, 10th of 14, well behind Shotavodka (11-3) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Pirans Car 200-1 (11-4) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, soon lost place, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Dildar (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan '12.
River Exit (IRE) 80-1 (11-4) Led to 4 out, weakened before next, 17th of 21, well behind Minella Forfitness (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Sure Thing (FR) 50-1 (11-6) With leaders, led 4th until ridden and headed before 3 out, poor 7th when blundered and weakened 3 out, blundered next, 7th of 15, well behind King Helissio (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
The Stout Italian (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, just held, 2nd of 11, hd behind Un Ace (10-11) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Jan.
Titus Mills (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) In touch, hung left from 5f out, lost place and soon in rear 3f out, 9th of 10, 10l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Nov (flat).
Tracking Time 50-1 (10-7) Prominent, took keen hold, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 15, 19l behind Cabaret Girl (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Utopian (FR) 8-11fav (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd and hit 3rd, upsides 2 out, led on long run to last, soon ridden, headed and hit last, weakened and no chance with unextended winner, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind More Of That (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Cairanne 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, driven forward to lead over 8f out, headed over 3f out, soon ridden, gradually weakened, 7th of 8, 16l behind Sweet Liberta (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan (flat).
Soeur Blanche (IRE) 150-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 11th of 16, 34l behind Ptit Zig (10-7) at Ludlow 2m NH mdn hdl (4) sft.
Dropzone (USA) 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, ridden approaching 3 out, no impression, 7th of 9, 26l behind Haymarket (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Palmyra (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Chased winner until ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 12th of 13, 8l behind Conducting (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan (flat).
Young Lou 25-1 (8-12) Held up, pushed along and dropped to rear over 5f out, tailed off, 9th of 10, 32l behind The Lock Master (9-8) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct (flat).