LATIN CONNECTION landed a tough Down Royal handicap comfortably before falling when tackling fences at Downpatrick. The fact that AP McCoy has been booked is an obvious bonus and another success looks on the cards. Parson's Punch has been raised 10lb for scoring over 2m4f here a month ago where he was left clear when his main rival unseated her rival on the run-in. He would have won anyway but it wasn't the greatest of races and a 10lb rise looks harsh. Rock Relief ran his best race for some time at Market Rasen and should go well and though Castletown Bridge has been a bit disappointing he's still a novice and should be fighting fit after his two recent runs following a break. The four-year-old Ubaltique has more scope than any of these but faces a stiff task at the weights as does Skint, who has run poorly on his two latest starts.
Ubaltique (FR) 7-4fav (11-2) Held up well off the pace, went 3rd at 6th, headway but still 6 lengths down on leading pair 2 out, ridden to chase winner last, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Conquisto (11-5) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Skint 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 3 out until weakened last, 6th of 11, 22l behind Romeo Americo (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Rumble of Thunder (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up behind, mistake 1st, driven after 4 out, never able to challenge, 8th of 14, 38l behind Cape Express (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Oct.
Ultimate 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, last of 12, 24l behind Yesyoucan (10-12) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Hi George 7-1 (11-3) Prominent in chasing group, headway to 3rd at 4 out, driven to 2nd approaching 2 out, led narrowly approaching last, headed and not quicken when rider dropped reins flat, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Nine Stories (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Rock Relief (IRE) 3-1fav (11-7) Close up, hit first, ridden to challenge winner 2 out, kept on one pace run in, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Likearollingstone (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Mason Hindmarsh 11-2 (11-0) Led until 2nd, remained prominent, under pressure 4 out, weakened next, 5th of 8, 16l behind Pas Trop Tard (11-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Latin Connection (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Jetson (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chs sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Samstown 33-1 (11-6) Led, ridden and headed approaching 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 6, 28l behind Clondaw Kaempfer (11-6) at Haydock 2m Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Parson's Punch 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 4th, led 4 out, pressed from 2 out, narrow advantage last, when left clear run-in, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov beating Stars Du Granits (12-0) by 18l, 10 ran.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) In rear, tailed off and struggling 4 out, plugged on, 6th of 9, 19l behind Nine Stories (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Castletown Bridge (IRE) 7-2fav (11-7) Tracked leader, led before 3 out, headed after next, mistake last, kept on and always well held, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Dormouse (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway before 3 out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 14, 24l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Masterful Act (USA) 28-1 (10-12) Held up behind, outpaced 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 10, well behind Dursey Sound (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Parc des Princes (USA) 9-2 (10-10) Last pair, towards rear when fell 4 out, in a race won by Parson's Punch (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov, 10 ran.