Mcmurrough proved himself a smart chaser in the spring and reverts to hurdling on a 10lb lower mark. Notus De La Tour looked a very promising novice chaser two years ago and though he's been disappointing he's another on a much lower mark back over timber. Society Shares has had very little racing for his age and showed his liking for testing ground with a comfortable victory at Ffos Las for which he's been raised 7lb. Lord Protector reappeared after a break to land a Sandown handicap in taking style and he should go well, despite an 11lb rise, but SHIMLA DAWN looks the one to be on. Tim Walford's charge was always travelling easily when scoring at Market Rasen on his handicap debut and though the assessor has had his say with a 13lb hike in the weights it shouldn't prevent a follow-up.
McMurrough (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, headed next, faded, 5th of 12, 9l behind More Of That (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Notus De La Tour (FR) 11-2 (11-8) Pressed leader, led before 5th, headed approaching 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Madness Light (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Shimla Dawn (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Behind, headway halfway, chased leaders approaching 6th, led before 2 out, ran on strongly, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec beating Phare Isle (11-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Lord Protector (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside from 3rd, chased leaders 3 out, went 2nd going well approaching 2 out, led between last 2, joined last, stayed on to assert flat, won at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec beating Uhlan Bute (11-12) by 1l, 15 ran.
Chavoy (FR) 14-1 (11-7) Towards rear for most, ridden after 4 out, soon no impression, 18th of 25, 36l behind Beau Michael (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f sft in Apr.
Allow Me 20-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, pushed along after 5th, soon behind, no danger after, 5th of 7, 38l behind Calculated Risk (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (3) sft in Dec.
Society Shares (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Held up in 5th, headway and in touch 4 out, went 2nd next, driven to challenge between last 2, led last, hung left and kept on flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec beating Quaddick Lake (11-9) by 4l, 9 ran.
Embsay Crag 9-1 (10-7) In rear, headway 3 out, every chance when fell next, in a race won by Saphir River (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec, 8 ran.