There are one or two dark horses lining up here. Cry of Freedom was a decent novice last season but hasn't been seen since April last year while FLOGAROSE won at Nimes in November. Lucy Normile's recent acquisition won four times in all in the French provinces and, though she's pitched in at the deep end here, is getting a lot of weight and could be a worth a small bet. Roman Flight has AP McCoy in the saddle and has run well on the Polytrack since finishing second at Doncaster but stablemate Ifandbutwhynot may have too much weight now and Rumble of Thunder has struggled this season. Ultimate and Anna's Arch may also be worth taking on at present.
Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 11-4fav (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 9th of 12, 27l behind Petit Robin (11-5) at Sandown 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Dec.
Ultimate 9-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, effort 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace from next, 4th of 14, 8l behind Swing Bowler (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Roman Flight (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, chased winner after last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind God's Own (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Rumble of Thunder (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up behind, headway to chase leaders before 3 out, ridden and effort next, kept on same pace from last, 6th of 14, 11l behind Swing Bowler (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Cry of Freedom (USA) Evensfav (11-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, went 2nd 3 out, led approaching 2 out where not fluent, headed approaching last, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Hawkhill (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Anna's Arch (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) With leader, led after 2nd, headed 2 out, weakened when fell last, in a race won by Herdsman (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
Cool Baranca (GER) 25-1 (10-4) Behind, outpaced 5th, mistake 7th, went poor 4th before 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, 36l behind Hollo Ladies (10-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Flogarose (FR) (10-3) won at Nimes(FR) 2m 1f 3yo chs in Nov, 0 ran.