Mille Chief was probably up against a well-handicapped horse in Aegean Dawn at Ascot last time and should be winning soon. But there could be more to come from ROLLWITHTHEPUNCHES, who proved himself a very decent novice in a light campaign in 2010. A mark of 133 is by no means excessive and Philip McBride's gelding could go close here if fully wound-up following a break. Heron Bay is usually thereabouts and had Mille Chief behind at Aintree in the autumn but William Hogarth has struggled since scoring at Chepstow in October and Ultimate has also lost his way a little recently. The lightly-weighted Zazamix may be best of the rest.
Mille Chief (FR) 6-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 4 out, tracked leaders going well 2 out, ridden to challenge winner last, kept on, not pace of winner, 2nd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Aegean Dawn (9-9) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Always behind, ridden and struggling in rear after 5th, tailed off and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Dynaste (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f cond hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec, 15 ran.
Rollwiththepunches 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th approaching 3 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from next, 6th of 10, 31l behind Blackstairmountain (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Apr.
Ultimate 7-1 (10-12) Led, raced wide bend after 3rd, joined 2 out, headed when mistake last, ridden and lost 2nd flat, no extra, lost 2 places near finish, last of 5, 5l behind Carlito Brigante (11-6) at Haydock 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Tiger O'Toole (IRE) 28-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden into moderate 12th entering straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 19, 27l behind Overturn (11-6) at Galway 2m hcp hdl gf in Jul.
Sophies Trophy (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Took keen hold towards rear, ridden and struggling before 4 out, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Grands Crus (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Nov.
William Hogarth 7-2 (11-12) Not travel well, tracked leader, mistake 1st, jumped right and lost place next, progress 5th, tracked leader 9th, ridden next, weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, 18l behind Betabob (10-0) at Ffos Las 2m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Kudu Country (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Led, not fluent 4th, not fluent and headed next, hampered on inside after 3 out, weakened next, 10th of 12, 45l behind Sure Josie Sure (11-7) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Heron Bay 13-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, hard ridden to challenge approaching 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Quartz De Thaix (11-12) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
First Avenue 11-2 (11-0) Raced wide, held up in 6th, headway on outside to chase leading pair approaching 2 out, every chance last, not quicken flat, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Novikov (10-0) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan '10.
Valento 12-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway after 7th, close up 2 out, not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Son Of Flicka (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Wingman (IRE) 18-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, weakened after 4 out,, 17th of 18, well behind Requin (10-2) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Zazamix (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, towards rear when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Corker (10-8) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr, 14 ran.