CROOKSTOWN only won by a neck at Market Rasen on Boxing Day and has a 7lb penalty to carry. But at least he's in form, which is more than you can say about his rivals, and the step up to 3m should suit. The top weight can follow up as Goodacres Garden failed to build on a fair reappearance at Carlisle when favourite at Musselburgh and Gilded Age is not the force of old. Over My Head's latest fourth here was an improvement but more is still needed.
Crookstown 11-1 (11-9) In touch, headway 6th, ridden and every chance last, soon led, driven out, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating Yazdi (11-4) by nk, 11 ran.
Earcomesthedream (IRE) 22-1 (11-5) Led, driven and headed 4 out, soon lost place, weakened next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Easy Beesy (11-8) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft, 9 ran.
Bravo Riquet (FR) 14-1 (11-11) Held up in mid-division, ridden after 8th, not fluent next, soon lost touch, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Elegant Olive (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Gilded Age 66-1 (11-10) Jumped right, led, pecked 1st, headed 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 10th of 16, 23l behind Homer Run (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Goodacres Garden (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) With leader, mistakes throughout, reminders 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 8, 42l behind Luctor Emergo (11-10) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Over My Head 33-1 (10-11) Pressed leader, led 7th, headed 3 out, no extra last, 4th of 13, 11l behind Wintered Well (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Terntheothercheek 16-1 (9-11) Chased leader, ridden before 2 out, one pace before last, 6th of 10, 6l behind Kayfrou (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs.
Midnight Return (IRE) 200-1 (10-0) Mid-division, in rear from 3rd, behind 5th, 11th of 12, well behind Dubai Prince (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.