Home Run will have to defy a double penalty and a welter burden if he's to complete his five-timer and may just struggle to conceded 16lb to PHASE SHIFT, who is improving with experience and was just touched off on heavy ground at Sedgefield on Boxing Day. Shilpa sprang a surprise at Fakenham last month while the enigmatic Pete has a chance at the weights, though Graham Watters will have to delay his challenge until the last minute as the 10-year-olds finds little off the bridle. Lillioftheballet should do better back over 2m and may prove the pick of the remainder as Bob's Dream, King Brex and Nevertika are all starting to look a little long in the tooth.
Home Run (GER) 15-8fav (10-6) Tracked leaders, led narrowly 5th, hung left towards stands side rail after last, ridden and kept on well flat, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Extremely So (10-1) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Mon Desir (FR) 9-1 (11-12) Keen in rear, hit 3rd, slipped badly on landing 4 out, soon behind, finished in own time, last of 12, well behind Shilpa (10-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Bob's Dream (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, mistake 3rd, outpaced after 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 20l behind War Singer (11-12) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Garth Mountain 80-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division and keen, soon tracked leaders, one pace from 2 out, 5th of 14, 13l behind Waltz Darling (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Lillioftheballet (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division in touch, driven 7th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 7th of 9, 16l behind Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Weetfromthechaff 17-2 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened before 2 out, last of 9, well behind Hunters Belt (11-5) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct.
Urban Kode (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) In touch main group on inside, stumbled on paddock bend, lost place 4th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hunters Belt (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 11 ran.
Coax 20-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, headway 7th, not fluent 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 8th of 16, 32l behind Rear Admiral (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Dec.
Pete 14-1 (11-6) Behind, soon detatched, headway 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 7, 20l behind Emirate Isle (10-5) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Phase Shift 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged and every chance when mistake last, switched left run-in, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Sam Lord (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
King Brex (DEN) 11-2 (10-8) Towards rear, soon mid-division, hit 8th, went 3rd before 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 10, 28l behind Bhaltair (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs in Dec.
Nevertika (FR) 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened from 3 out, last of 7, well behind Sam Lord (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Academy (IRE) 15-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, some headway before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Acordingtoscript (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Shilpa (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up, headway 2 out, led next, ridden and stayed on, won at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec beating White Diamond (10-11) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Takaatuf (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Led, pecked 1st, not fluent 5th, headed after 3 out, weakened from next, 8th of 13, 33l behind Anna's Arch (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.