Since unseating his rider when odds-on at Stratford in October, useful Flat performer DAWN TWISTER has made steady progress over hurdles winning easily at Fontwell last time. He may just have a bit more natural speed than the unbeaten Pendra, who did win over C&D on his hurdles bow but is taking on stronger opposition this afternoon. Workbench looked as though he was starting to get the hang of things when fifth at Taunton last time and Leviathan, a winning miler on the level, is worth noting on his first start for Venetia Williams.
Dawn Twister (GER) 7-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, led 2 out, kept on strongly, won at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov beating American Life (11-0) by 7l, 10 ran.
Pendra (IRE) 8-13fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, led before 2 out, clear flat, easily, won at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Mister Newby (11-0) by 5l, 12 ran.
Always Spring (GER) (10-12) in a race won by Malibran (10-8) at Mont-De-Marsan(FR) 2m 2f clm hdl in Nov '11, 0 ran.
Ashcott Boy 100-1 (10-12) With leaders, hit 4th, soon lost place, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Mr Mole (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Leviathan 4-1 (9-13) Behind, headway over 1f out, soon hung left, ran on, never troubled leaders, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Elijah Pepper (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f clm stks (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Lord Of The Dunes 11-4 (10-9) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly and lost place 5th, jumped slowly and outpaced 7th, progress after 3 out to take 3rd before 2 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 23l behind Young Hurricane (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Nov.
Lucky Sun 66-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 5f out, one pace and no impression over 1f out, 5th of 12, 16l behind Karazhan (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Over The Rubicon (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) 5th of 14, 6l behind Barney Again (12-0) at Kilworthy 3m ptp gd in Mar.
Rasteau (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Always in rear, 11th of 13, well behind Valdez (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Soutine (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden 4 out, weakened next, 5th of 13, 40l behind Valdez (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Workbench (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Took keen hold towards rear, pushed along and plugged on approaching 2 out, never involved, 5th of 9, 10l behind Swampfire (11-5) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Rulbin Realta 66-1 (10-12) Held up, struggling 8th, mistake 2 out, plugged on before last, went 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 11, 29l behind Umadachar (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.