John Ferguson had a rare setback when Mungo Park could only finish fourth in a moderate event at Huntingdon after travelling nicely for most of the race. The 2m5f trip may have been responsible and given the trainer's strike-rate compensation is a distinct possibility though PURE STYLE looks a tough opponent and gets the vote. Charlie Longsdon's charge, a winning bumper and point-to-pointer, comfortably landed a jumpers bumper at Kempton last weekend and though that was a poor race it should have put him straight to gain his first victory over hurdles. Formulation has some decent form to his credit but has disappointed on too many occasions but Smart Ruler's close second to Nine Stories over the C&D a month ago was his best run so far and he should be in the firing-line.
Flaming Arrow (IRE) 5-6fav (10-2) Held up behind, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, soon headed, no extra, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Ifyousayso (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jan.
Formulation (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway headway before 3 out, soon chasing leaders, ridden disputing 3rd and stayed on same pace from 2 out, dropped to 4th towards finish, 4th of 13, 15l behind Smadynium (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Garth Mountain 11-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, 35l behind Key To Milan (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Gumnd (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 16, well behind Eduard (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Jovial (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 7th of 13, 13l behind Alshazah (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Sep '11 (flat).
Madrasa (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Raced wide, held up, headway over 4f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 16, 25l behind Dancing Primo (8-10) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Sep (flat).
Mungo Park 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, stumbled 2nd, went 2nd before 7th, ridden and fading in 4th when not fluent 2 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 8, 24l behind Dance Tempo (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Pure Style (IRE) 4-6fav (11-0) Trackedleaders and keen, led over 2f out, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std beating Syndication (11-0) by 8l, 5 ran.
Shivalric (IRE) 150-1 (10-11) Held up, not fluent 5th, always towards rear, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Sud Pacifique (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Smart Ruler (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, went 2nd 3rd, led 3 out, joined 2 out, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Nine Stories (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Staff Sergeant 15-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 5f out, ridden and lost 2nd well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind Sunley Pride (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Tweedo Paradiso (NZ) 33-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, effort and weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, well behind Keeneland (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jan.
Waltz Darling (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside approaching 3 out, went modest 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Smadynium (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Issabella Gem (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pulled hard, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 9, 37l behind Doyly Carte (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.