PRET A THOU hasn't run since scoring at Cartmel in May but loves soft ground and will take no prisoners here. He continues to boast an impressive strike rate and looks the one to beat with Harry Challoner claiming the 5lb. We may not yet have seen the best of the four-year-old Watt Broderick while Ironical usually runs his race and Taroum won at Huntingdon in August, though is probably high enough in the weights again now. Who's Jeff is still a maiden and may not be an ideal ride for an inexperienced jockey judged on his latest effort at Ludlow.
Court In Session (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Prominent, hit 3 out, lost place when not fluent next, tailed off, 10th of 15, well behind Thomas Crapper (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct.
Dealing River 14-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, ridden 5th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 10, 39l behind Makari (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Pret A Thou (FR) 15-8fav (11-12) Keen tracked leader until led before 4th, driven from home bend, all out, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in May beating Stanley Bridge (11-8) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Nether Stream (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Held up in 7th, not fluent 3rd, jumped slowly next, in touch from 5th, not fluent 3 out, well beaten next, 7th of 8, 18l behind Makari (11-13) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Who's Jeff (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Pulled hard, led and soon clear, hung badly left on bend headed and dropped to 3rd before 4th, held that position until weakened well before 3 out, collapsed and fell on flat after 3 out, in a race won by Alwaystheoptimist (11-10) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct, 8 ran.
Minneapolis 33-1 (10-6) Held up behind, some headway before 2 out, no impression, 8th of 20, 50l behind Valento (10-11) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr '12.
Luggers Hall (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) In rear, not fluent 1st, struggling 3 out, mistake when well behind last, 10th of 14, 39l behind Dartford Warbler (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Aug.
Ironical (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, well beaten from 3 out, 6th of 9, 36l behind Letsby Avenue (11-12) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Sep.
Taroum (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, not fluent 5th, ridden before 3 out, no extra next, 5th of 8, 16l behind Hi Tide (11-2) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Keel Haul (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, blundered 5th, outpaced in 4th 3 out, stayed on to regain moderate 3rd last, never on terms, 3rd of 6, 13l behind Kettlewell (10-11) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Laurens Ruby (IRE) 28-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway on outside 5th, hit next, weakened 8th, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Magic Money (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Arte Del Calcio 12-1 (10-6) Raced keenly, led at steady pace, hit 1st, hit 3 out, ridden and headed well before 2 out, soon weakened quickly, tailed off when blundered 2 out, pulled up, in a race won by Calculated Risk (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.
Shady Lane 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leading pair, driven 3 out, ridden and effort on inside after next, kept on same pace, no extra approaching last, 4th of 5, 22l behind Va'vite (10-13) at Aintree 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Held up on outside, headway after 2nd, not fluent 4th, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 8, 42l behind Taaresh (10-7) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Cape Schanck 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place 4th, behind 6th, pulled up after, in a race won by Oscar Fortune (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct, 12 ran.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 12-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear and keen, chased leaders approaching 6th, weakened approaching 10th, 11th of 12, well behind Prince Tom (11-7) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Nov '10.