AULD STHOCK looks the one to beat in this opener on his latest course and distance second to Long Lunch when Noble Friend, Snapchat and Slaney Star were all behind. Ashdown Lad stepped up on his debut run at Huntingdon to finish second at Ludlow and this former Flat winner rates a danger but Enchanting Smile, placed four times last season, may need this and Even If has produced a couple of poor efforts either side of a fourth at Newton Abbot.
Ashdown Lad 5-1 (10-12) Led, not fluent 4th, clear before next until approaching 3 out, not fluent and headed at hurdle, jumped left last, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Curzon Line (10-12) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Auld Sthock (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Long Lunch (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Even If 9-2 (11-0) Behind, ridden and outpaced after 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 34l behind King Rolfe (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Finlodex 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, weakened approaching final 2f, 9th of 14, 15l behind Smokey Oakey (9-1) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct (flat).
Heading To First 100-1 (10-11) Took keen hold in mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 11, 42l behind Long Lunch (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Lightentertainment (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, never involved, tailed off, 7th of 11, 29l behind Tijori (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Noble Friend (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway in 5th approaching 3 out, plugged on, 4th of 11, 13l behind Long Lunch (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Slaney Star (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Towards rear, ridden and struggling 6th, 7th of 11, 25l behind Long Lunch (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Snapchat (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, plugged on from after 3 out, 5th of 11, 16l behind Long Lunch (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Two Sugars 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, one pace and no impression when hung left over 1f out, 6th of 12, 6l behind Grayswood (9-0) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep (flat).
Unowhatimeanharry 7-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 7f out, challenged 4f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 22l behind Harry's Farewell (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Enchanting Smile (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Jumped right, led, headed after 2 out (usual 3 out), soon ridden and no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 10, 27l behind Loyaute (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Into The Wind 66-1 (10-2) Mistake 3rd, always in rear, last of 10, well behind Lac Fontana (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Silver Marizah (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up in last trio, headway 4f out, chased leaders in centre over 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, weakened soon after, 6th of 8, 18l behind McConnell (9-0) at Brighton 1m 2f (6) gs in Sep (flat).