SHORT TAKES has his first start since finishing third at Bangor last year. James Cowley's 8lb claim will make his task that much easier and he gets the vote. Today's conditional was on board Formulation when the latter made the frame at Hexham last month while King Zeal may get involved dropping down in class. Sash Of Honour has the past form to figure and Volcanic Jack finished a bit closer at Fakenham last time.
Sash Of Honour (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Bollin Judith (11-9) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Nov.
Short Takes (USA) 9-2 (11-8) Tracked leader, led after 6th, headed last, no extra run in, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Kitegen (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug '12.
Rasheed 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 5th until pushed along approaching 3 out, weakened quickly before next, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Swinging Hawk (10-11) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Pinotage 14-1 (10-12) Chased leader until approaching 4th, chased leaders until ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 13, 30l behind Smadynium (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov '12.
Formulation (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, led narrowly before last, ridden and headed flat, soon lost 2nd, no extra, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Tikkandemickey (11-1) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
King Zeal (IRE) 80-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 3rd, lost place before 3 out, 8th of 11, 25l behind Zafranagar (10-5) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Snowed In (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, ridden and weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Turtle Watch (11-6) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Volcanic Jack (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, led 6th, driven and headed between last 2, weakened before last, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Persian Herald (11-8) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.