PARC DES PRINCES has improved this year having been stepped up in distance. He won over 2m3f at Market Rasen in August and has also scored over 2m here. There appears no reason why he won't go close again after his latest second at Huntingdon. Stars Du Granits came back to form at Taunton last month and had a little more in hand than the official margin suggests. But he does have a penalty to carry while though Switched Off won on the Flat in September he is high enough in the weights back over timber. Schelm and Easement could figure at their best but have been below that of late.
Stars Du Granits (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, smoot headway approaching 4 out, went 2nd soon after next, led travelling well approaching 2 out and slight stumble, pushed clear flat, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct beating Quaddick Lake (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Switched Off 4-1 (10-10) In touch, chased leaders 4 out to before next, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, 39l behind Shadows Lengthen (11-6) at Doncaster 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Schelm (GER) 14-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace from 2 out, 8th of 15, 35l behind Alf Wright (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
Easement 9-2 (10-12) Led, reminders before 4th, headed approaching 3 out, weakened next, last of 12, 43l behind War Singer (11-12) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Parc des Princes (USA) 7-2 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, ran on under pressure, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Compton Blue (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Overpriced 28-1 (11-7) Mid-division, in touch after 4th, outpaced approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 14, 32l behind Romanesco (11-9) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Amore Mio (GER) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, not fluent and lost place 7th, rallied under pressure 9th, 4th and weakening when fell 2 out, in a race won by Thehillofuisneach (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Parson's Punch 66-1 (10-1) Reluctant to race, always in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Kian's Delight (10-13) at Perth 2m ltd hcp hdl (2) sft in Aug, 10 ran.
Stand Clear 12-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 14, 45l behind Young Mags (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Cassius (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Chased leaders until weakened rapidly before 3rd, soon lost touch, tailed off 7th, 8th of 10, 41l behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in May.