WAYWOOD PRINCESS stepped up markedly on earlier efforts when tried over this trip for the first time at Wetherby. She has a penalty to carry here but is effectively only 2lb higher in the weights and clearly gets on well with Harry Challoner - a follow-up looks likely if the mare is in the same mood. Rhythm Seeker also tries to defy a penalty following his win at Market Rasen on Boxing Day, while Spot The Ball isn't easily dismissed despite failing to justify favouritism at Folkestone last month. Set In Her Ways has ability but is still a maiden over hurdles and weakened quickly over a shorter trip at Uttoxeter last time.
Mac Halen (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, not fluent 5th, headway to chase leaders 14th, 4th and staying on when blundered badly 16th, not recover and pulled up before next, in a race won by Hever Road (10-4) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov, 6 ran.
Rhythm Seeker 9-1 (10-12) With leader until led 4th, made rest, readily, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec beating Thoresby (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Set In Her Ways (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Prominent, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 13, 27l behind Black Mac (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Spot The Ball (IRE) 5-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, not fluent 11th, went 2nd 13th, mistake 4 out, led 3 out, awkward 2 out, headed last, held flat, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Just Josie (11-0) at Folkestone 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Cesium (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden 8th, mistake 10th, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 46l behind O Crotaigh (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Burnthill (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, weakened 8th, tailed off before 2 out (normal 3 out), pulled up approaching last, in a race won by Rannoch Moor (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep, 16 ran.
Tisfreetdream (IRE) 5-1 (10-4) In touch in 4th, in 3rd and pushed along before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 8, 12l behind Radmores Revenge (11-2) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Kingston Queen (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden and behind from 9th, tailed off when stumbled 12th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Kilcommon Pride (11-4) at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Waywood Princess 28-1 (9-7) Mid-division in touch, tracked leaders 6th, 3rd and outpaced approaching 3 out, soon ridden, chased leader between last 2, stayed on under pressure to lead final 75 yards, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec beating Delightfully (11-5) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Matilda's Folly (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Held up, not fluent 5th, well beaten 3 out, took 4th latter stages, tailed off, 4th of 10, well behind Stanley Bridge (9-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
Velvet Vic (IRE) 28-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, ridden 3 out, weakening when not fluent 2 out, 5th of 12, 29l behind Stormy Morning (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Dec.
Quay Meadow (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) With leaders, lost place after 7th, soon struggling, weakened 4 out, 8th of 10, 37l behind Waywood Princess (9-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Duffy Moon 20-1 (9-7) Chased leaders and keen, hit 6th, blundered 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Danny John Boy (10-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gd in May, 14 ran.
Ilongue (FR) 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, hit 7th, outpaced 10th, 6th and no impression when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Spot The Ball (10-7) at Towcester 2m 6f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gd in Nov, 7 ran.