Fontwell winner Always Bold loves a slog through the mud and has won here in the past. Flemi Two Toes was placed on his return to action at Market Rasen but Micro Mission, Purcell's Bridge and Bandanaman all disappointed last time while Hurraboru may still be a few pounds too high. Daasij has won his last four starts but has gone up a further 7lb since making a winning reappearance at Ayr and AMERICAN LEGEND has more scope. Still only a four-year-old, he stayed on dourly to open his account over 2m4f at Ffos Las in October suggesting he'll do even better now tackling this sort of trip for the first time. Amore Mio hasn't won since 2009 and looks to be on a downward curve.
Flemi Two Toes (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Close up, ridden 3 out, kept on to go 3rd run in, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Likearollingstone (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Micro Mission (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) In rear and mistakes, never a factor, pulled up, in a race won by Rose Of The Moon (10-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov chs (3) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 11-8fav (10-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led 4 out, ridden and headed before and hampered 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 9, 10l behind Monetary Fund (11-8) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Hurraboru (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway on inner before 3 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 5th of 11, 21l behind Bathwick Brave (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
American Legend (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Held up in touch, headway from 2 out, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct beating Catch The Fire (11-2) by 1l, 15 ran.
Bandanaman (IRE) 15-2 (10-1) Chased leaders, went left and weakened 3 out, 6th of 10, 29l behind Cue To Cue (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Always Bold (IRE) 5-2fav (11-11) Raced wide, held up, headway approaching 10th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, stayed on, won at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct beating Heezagrey (9-12) by 5l, 8 ran.
Daasij (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway 6th, led before 3 out, hung left going to last, driven out, won at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Solis (11-10) by 4l, 9 ran.
Amore Mio (GER) 7-2 (10-7) Chased leaders until lost place 5th, behind next, tailed off when hampered 4 out, left modest 5th run-in, 5th of 10, 26l behind Parson's Punch (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.