Sedgefield runner-up Angel Sun appears to be improving with experience, while Kaolak twice finished runner-up over C&D last season. He was pulled up over fences on his return to action, however, and has since left Keith Reveley for Jim Goldie. Makbullet has yet to finish out of the frame over timber but NORTHSIDE PRINCE is sure to have had plenty of schooling and can make a winning debut over timber. Alan Swinbank's charge won three times over 1m2f on the Flat and could have a bright future at the winter game. Fellow newcomer Beaumont's Party is also worth a second look.
Alsahil (USA) 28-1 (10-5) Pulled hard, chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, challenged and every chance 2 out, soon hung right, weakened from last, 5th of 13, 6l behind Gordonsville (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Angel Sun (FR) 20-1 (10-12) In rear, headway from 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, kept on and went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Simply Ned (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
Beaumont's Party (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway inside final 4f, chased leadrs and edged left over 2f out, driven and stayed on same pace final furlong, 5th of 19, 6l behind Taqleed (9-1) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) gd in Sep (flat).
Deferto Delphi 250-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, chased leaders before 4 out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, well behind Kent Street (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Kaolak (USA) 7-1 (11-3) Held up in 4th until pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Ultimate (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) gf in Oct, 6 ran.
Long Range 66-1 (11-0) In touch, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Dunowen Point (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in May.
Makbullet 5-1 (10-9) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 3 out, led before next, ridden and joined last, edged right flat, no extra and headed final 150 yards, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Vosges (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Northside Prince (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Close up in 6th, pushed along over 3f out, soon outpaced, headway on outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 3rd post, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Demolition (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct (flat).
Number One Guy 100-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, ridden and mistake 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Gogeo (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Nov, 10 ran.
Powerful Ambition (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Held up, always behind, 14th of 18, well behind Distime (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Toledo Gold (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, led before 2nd, headed before last, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 16, well behind Flaygray (10-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Barello Road 80-1 (10-12) In rear and keen, pushed along 6 out, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 10, well behind Cue To Cue (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
If Ever (IRE) 100-1 (10-3) Always behind, tailed off from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Solway Sam (11-0) at Perth 2m NH mdn hdl (4) gs in Apr '10, 15 ran.
Spirit Of Dixie 50-1 (8-8) Prominent, chased leader 3f out until over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 7l behind Lujano (8-10) at Southwell 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov (flat).