Alfie Spinner runs here instead of Chepstow and needs a thorough test of stamina which he should get. He's been surprisingly dropped in the weights after falling at the third in the Hennessy and has to be on the short-list. ROYAL CHARM was rated 145 when well beaten in a Grade 3 handicap at Kempton in February and it's a surprise to see him 10lb lower here as he's run really well on his two latest starts at Chepstow. He's handed the vote though Johns Spirit looked a smart prospect when landing a handicap over 2m5f here a month ago and the longer trip shouldn't pose a problem. Across The Bay is likely to run at Chepstow but would be an obvious threat to all if diverting here and though Tartak has fallen from grace since the days when he was scoring at Grade 2 level he's on his lowest mark since his novice season.
Hey Big Spender (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, went 3rd briefly 9th, outpaced before next, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Wyck Hill (10-0) at Ascot 3m listed hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec, 6 ran.
Across The Bay (IRE) 15-8 (11-6) Jumped right on occasions, raced lazily and soon pushed along, given reminders at times from 5th, led, clear 8th until before 12th, not fluent 13th, headed before last, stayed on, 2nd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Wayward Prince (11-0) at Aintree 3m 1f Listed chs (1) sft in Dec.
Tamarinbleu (FR) 40-1 (11-4) Shared lead until 12th, lost place approaching 16th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Package (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Tartak (FR) 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, hit 8th, lost place 5 out, plugged on to take moderate 4th between last 2, no chance with leaders, 4th of 14, 38l behind Unioniste (9-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec.
Fruity O'Rooney 33-1 (10-5) In touch, led 2nd, headed 16th, ridden 4 out, soon lost place, no impression after, 7th of 19, 32l behind Bobs Worth (11-6) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec.
Alfie Spinner (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) In touch when blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Bobs Worth (11-6) at Newbury 3m 2f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) gs in Dec, 19 ran.
Katenko (FR) 9-1 (10-1) Pressed leader, led 2nd until 4th, stayed pressing, led again narrowly 8th, ridden and headed after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, no extra from last, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Wyck Hill (10-0) at Ascot 3m listed hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec.
Triolo D'alene (FR) 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, with leader 15th, kept on from 2 out, 3rd of 4, 19l behind Bold Sir Brian (11-7) at Sandown 3m Listed chs (1) sft in Dec.
Royal Charm (FR) 3-1fav (10-11) Held up in touch on outside, chased leading pair when not fluent 4 out, ridden and one pace between last 2, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Sona Sasta (9-11) at Chepstow 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) hvy in Dec.
Johns Spirit (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, led after last, kept on well, won at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec beating Thanks For Coming (11-10) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Railway Dillon (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, reminder to lead narrowly after 10th, mistake and headed 12th, chased leader, led again 2 out, (normal 4 out), headed bypsssing ommited 2 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 8, 21l behind Mortimers Cross (10-10) at Kelso 4m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Gullible Gordon (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, led 13th (becher's brook), headed before 2 out, no extra flat, 6th of 16, 15l behind Hello Bud (10-0) at Aintree 3m 2f Listed hcp chs (1) hvy in Dec.