ARDLUI ended the last campaign in excellent form, landing a handicap over this trip at Newmarket. He's run reasonably well under National Hunt Rules during the winter and his stable have struck form after a barren spell. Alan King also runs Manyriverstocross, who has had just three runs since 2010 but ran with real credit in the two most recent at Cheltenham and Aintree. Lady Kashaan had Moidore a head adrift at Musselburgh and the extra quarter-mile here looks in her favour and the form can be confirmed. Party Line was behind Lady Kashaan at Haydock in September but has always looked a staying type and should get closer. Lexington Bay has no preference for going and stays this trip better than most so enters the equation.
Crackentorp 33-1 (9-12) Steadied start, soon switched left, in rear, ridden over 4f out, well beaten final 3f, tailed off, 20th of 21, well behind Party Line (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct.
Ardlui (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, chased leader over 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft in Nov beating Sohar (9-4) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Manyriverstocross (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Held up in rear, headway on outside 2f out, chased leading pair inside final 2f, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Nanton (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-110 (2) gf in Sep '09.
Good Morning Star (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Soon chased leader, pushed along and lost 2nd over 4f out, weakened quickly, tailed and virtually pulled up final 2f, last of 14, well behind Tempest Fugit (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 5f flls lst stks (1) pol in Nov.
Party Line 12-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 23, 10l behind Art Scholar (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Dazinski 14-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 17th of 18, 44l behind Domination (8-9) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp 105 (2) gf in Sep.
Lady Kashaan (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Chased leaders, every chance from over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon hard pressed, just held on, all out, won at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar beating Moidore (9-4) by hd, 12 ran.
Moidore 4-1fav (9-4) Always prominent, every chance from over 2f out, hard ridden to challenge inside final furlong, always just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind Lady Kashaan (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gs in Mar.
Montaff 100-1 (8-6) Towards rear, driven over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 26th of 34, well behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Mashaari (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Held up in touch, closed when switched right over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, held on, won at York 2m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct beating Cape Tribulation (9-10) by hd, 10 ran.
Lexington Bay (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway on inside 2f out, stayed on to take 3rd final 100 yards, no threat to leading duo, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Desert Recluse (8-12) at Kempton 2m hcp 0-105 (2) pol.