Andreo Bambaleo is 6lb higher than when scoring here in May, albeit in better company than this. He finished ahead of Oneofapear when second back at this track a fortnight ago and has leading claims. Amok is another who should figure in this company have been well beaten at Cheltenham last time but the less-exposed SHIMLA DAWN is preferred. Tim Walford's charge returned to action with a decent third at Hexham in October and further progress is expected as he goes handicapping for the first time today.
Phare Isle (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 15th of 19, 34l behind Home Run (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Andreo Bambaleo 17-2 (10-12) In touch in rear, ridden and headway to chase leading pair 2 out, driven and stayed on flat, went 2nd post, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Cloudy Bob (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Amok (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch in mid-division, took keen hold, headway 7th, 8th and no extra last, 7th of 19, 18l behind Home Run (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Russian George (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway before 6th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Christopher Wren (11-2) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec '11, 11 ran.
Shimla Dawn (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden after 2 out, mistake last, stayed on, unable to challenge front pair flat, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Ballyben (10-7) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Kilflora 33-1 (11-4) Prominent, ridden after 6th, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Red Admirable (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 14 ran.
Oneofapear (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) In touch, went 3rd 5th, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 22l behind Cloudy Bob (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Xenophon 50-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, weakened 7th, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Tigresse Bleue (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov, 11 ran.