Despite an absence, it looks as though Suspect is Paul Nicholls' stable pick ahead of Presenting Arms. Dorset Naga has shown ability, as has Rainbow Haze, but points winner Glenwood Present has shown little under Rules and Gee Hi has been sidelined for a long time. PRINCELY PLAYER found only Trespasser too good over C&D six weeks ago and is certain to improve for the experience. He should go one better here though any market interest in newcomer Un Ami, who is a half-brother to the useful Son Amix, would be significant.
Dorset Naga 12-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not much room on inner over 3f out, headway well over 1f out, stayed on well to take 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 13l behind Nelson's Bridge (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Fleet Dawn 28-1 (10-9) Held up, headway on outside after 4f, led halfway, headed over 2f out, no extra, 5th of 14, 17l behind Old Tricks (10-9) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Gee Hi (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Alw pr, 2nd 5out, ld 4out, kow usp, won at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '10 beating Ballynagour (11-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Glenwood Present (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Pulled hard in rear, weakened over 7f out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Tiger Maguire (11-2) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Presenting Arms (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along 4f out, no real headway, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 10, 31l behind Wings Of Icarus (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Princely Player (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 3f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, soon outpaced, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Trespasser (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (5) gd in Dec.
Rainbow Haze 40-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 9l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-2) at Ludlow 1m 6f nhf (5) gs in Dec.
Red River Run Central Park gelding out of Burning Shore.
Suspect (GER) 9-4fav (10-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Shinko Moon (10-10) at Wincanton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gf in Mar.
Just Fee 50-1 (10-9) Chased leaders to halfway, soon behind, 10th of 14, 48l behind Old Tricks (10-9) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
My Space 9-1 (10-7) Held up behind and keen, led after 4f, soon clear, headed over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 11, 34l behind Buxom (11-5) at Ludlow 2m mares n h flat (5) gs in Dec.
Weld's Pride Weld mare out of Connaught's Pride.
Push To Exit 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, not much room over 1f out, soon weakened, 11th of 15, 23l behind The New One (11-2) at Cheltenham 1m 6f 4yo NH flat (Listed) (1) gs.
Un Ami (FR) Dom Alco gelding out of Immage.