Consigliere, Dunowen Point and Shadows Lengthen all have the past form to figure but arrive out of sorts. It could pay to concentrate on the two with more recent form and that includes course specialist Tahiti Pearl. He's recorded four of his five wins so far at this track but remains 13lb higher than for his latest victory in April last year. That leaves top weight TRANQUIL SEA, runner-up to Renard in a higher grade handicap at Chepstow last month and once very highly regarded. He looks capable of contributing to what could turn out to be a very successful day for his yard.
Tranquil Sea (IRE) 17-2 (11-8) Held up in rear, headway after 11th, went 3rd before 4 out, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Renard (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs (2) hvy in Dec.
Consigliere (FR) 16-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, dropped to rear 5th, effort before 2 out, hung right but plugged on flat, never a threat, 6th of 10, 18l behind Lancetto (11-7) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Dec.
Dunowen Point (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up, not fluent 1st, pushed along after 5th, no chance with leaders from 7th, 5th of 9, 35l behind Dare Me (11-4) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Prominent, led 8th, headed last and no impression, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Noble Legend (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Shadows Lengthen 14-1 (11-9) In rear, headway 4 out, one pace when fell 2 out, in a race won by Noble Legend (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec, 9 ran.