This looks quite competitive but from a shortlist of MRS BUN, Thornaby Green and Louisiade we will side with Mrs Bun. The selection wasn't beaten far here last month when she finished a close third behind Run Free. She gave the impression on that occasion that she might be worth a try over further so this step-up in trip could be a plus. Thornaby Green looks the main danger as he has course and distance winning form and he ran well to chase home Moment Of Clarity at Wolverhampton last time. He is thoroughly exposed though, whereas there could be more to come from Mrs Bun. Louisiade is fairly consistent and he could be good enough to again claim some place money after running well here just before Christmas. Betteras Bertie finished behind our selection last time, but he wasn't given a hard time when his chance had gone and he is not without hope. However, for the winner we will stick with Mrs Bun.
Thornaby Green 9-2 (8-10) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not trouble winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Moment of Clarity (9-1) at W'hampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Mrs Bun 5-1 (9-2) Chased leader, effort over 2f, edged left and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Run Free (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Louisiade (IRE) 17-2 (9-1) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Run Free (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Komreyev Star 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 13, 37l behind Josr's Magic (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Sept.
Afton View (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) In rear, ridden 2f out, no impression, 10th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Perlachy (8-12) at Great Leighs 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Betteras Bertie 11-4fav (9-0) Dwelt on behind, headway on inner over 2f, one pace final furlong, eased when not much room close home, 4th of 8, 3l behind Run Free (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Very Well Red 9-2co-fav (8-9) Chased leaders, weakening when hampered approaching 3f out, eased over 1f out, 10th of 11, 43l behind Run Free (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Penel (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) In rear, some late headway, never troubled leaders, 11th of 14, 9l behind Le Chiffre (9-2) at Beverley 7f clm (5) gs in Aug.
Capped For Victory (USA) 10-1 (8-9) Dwelt, held up, ridden 3f out, not trouble leaders, 7th of 11, 5l behind Run Free (8-11) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Dark Planet 17-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 15l behind Eijaaz (9-1) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Nov.
Anduril 12-1 (8-13) Slowly away, behind, headway on outside final furlong, 8th of 14, 6l behind Zazous (8-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-50 (6) pol in Oct.
Only A Grand 7-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance 2f out, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 28l behind Leptis Magna (8-11) at Yarmouth 1m sll hcp (6) gd in Aug.
General Tufto 33-1 (7-11) Mid-division, effort over 3f, stayed on towards finish, 5th of 14, 6l behind United Nations (9-2) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Government (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Dwelt, soon close up, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 9l behind Norcroft (9-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.