Smadynium arrives at the top his game having won here and at Sedgefield in his last two starts. But he's entering unknown territory regards trip today and is only getting 7lb from SALUBRIOUS. The top weight wasn't beaten far in a competitive heat at Newbury last time and his earlier second to At Fishers Cross at the Berkshire track could hardly have worked out any better - this is a significant drop in grade. Los Nadis is likely to make the running and could easily hang on for a place as Divers and The Panama Kid are better over fences while both Fine Kingdom and Father Shine have a bit to prove at this level. Barenger should be thereabouts, however, while Flat winner Lexington Bay may be finally starting to head in the right direction and is worth noting for future reference.
Salubrious (IRE) 10-3fav (9-13) Held up towards rear on outside, headway approaching 3 out, pushed along and chased leaders approaching next, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 8l behind African Gold (10-0) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Smadynium (FR) 4-5fav (11-2) Made all, blundered 5th, kept on well from last, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Karinga Dandy (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Divers (FR) 14-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, tracked leaders after 4th, in 5th and weakening when blundered 2 out, 6th of 8, well behind Easter Meteor (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
The Panama Kid (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, losing touch when mistake 7th, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Handtheprizeover (9-8) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Los Nadis (GER) 12-1 (10-4) Chased leaders until blundered badly and dropped to last at 2nd, ridden along and struggling 9th, tailed off, 7th of 8, 31l behind Consigliere (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan.
Agglestone Rock 11-8fav (10-10) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 5th, led before 6th, clear after 4 out, pushed out, won at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Apr '11 beating Livvy Inn (11-4) by 12l, 9 ran.
Barenger (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Tracked leader, led 3rd, headed 3 out, ridden to lead before last, headed last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Prominent, effort to chase winner before 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 12, 12l behind King Of The Wolds (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Fine Kingdom 6-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, led approaching 2out, easily, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan beating Flora's Pride (10-10) by 9l, 7 ran.
Father Shine (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) In touch in 4th, went 3rd from 7th, chased winner next until weakened before 4 out, 3rd of 5, 41l behind Dashing George (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.