Glenora Gale won at Sedgefield in August but is generally worth opposing while Streams Of Whisky has something to prove having been pulled up when trying to double up at Kelso last time. IMPERIAL VIC finished fifth in that race and got off mark over today's C&D next time, winning by six lengths with Ifyouthinkso a distant fourth. The runner-up is a good yardstick and Michael Smith's charge can improve again to land this. Mount Hope didn't show much on his hurdles bow at Bangor but is another with scope.
Imperial Vic (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Led after 1st until approaching 4th, led again 7th, clear from 4 out, wandered under pressure flat, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov beating Dannanceys Hill (11-0) by 6l, 7 ran.
Streams Of Whiskey (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) With leader lost place 6th, ridden 8th, weakened 3 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Maggio (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 13 ran.
Glenora Gale (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Chased leaders until blundered 1st and dropped to rear, not jump well after, lost touch after 4th, tailed off, 5th of 6, 36l behind Kie (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m beg chs (3) gd in Nov.
Harry The Lemmon (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Cl up, 5th 6out & prog into 3rd bef 2out, so bef last & went 2nd flat, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Shannon Fall (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Apr.
Ifyouthinkso 7-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, steady headway 7th, ridden before next, weakened 4 out, 4th of 7, 48l behind Imperial Vic (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Mount Hope (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Led until 2nd, led 3rd, headed next, led 5th, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 20l behind Hollow Penny (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Yourlookinathim (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Towards rear, unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Eduard (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 16 ran.