Royal Escort has to be better than his latest dreadful run whilst Moulin De La Croix reverts to hurdles and cannot be discounted with his young amateur claiming a useful 7lb. He may be too streetwise for this field, especially as Bollin Dolly needs to put a modest effort behind her last time and Arizona River is likely to need this run. With doubts surrounding so many of the field though it may be worth taking a chance with the newcomer of Brian Ellision's in CHRISTMAS LIGHT. Having enjoyed a solid and consistent time of things on the level through the Flat campaign, this debutant would not have to be any great shakes to get the job done.
Moulin de La Croix 9-4fav (11-5) Led, hard pressed from 2 out, headed last, faded close home, 4th of 7, 7l behind Tito Bustillo (11-12) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Oct.
Bollin Dolly 11-2 (11-3) Led, headed after 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 26l behind Julia Too (10-7) at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Overpriced 40-1 (10-9) Held up, headway 6th, went 2nd after 4 out, every chance last, jinked left under pressure hit running rail and unseated rider run-in, in a race won by Parson's Punch (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 10 ran.
Arizona River 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led before 2 out, soon headed, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 22l behind Lucia Bay (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Christmas Light 2-1 (9-7) Held up in last pair, headway on inside well over 1f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd towards finish, unable to reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Space War (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol (flat).
Dispol Diva 66-1 (10-2) Mid-division in touch on outside, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, beaten when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Ifandbutwhynot (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct, 11 ran.
Easter Dancer 9-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway on outside 11f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 14th of 18, 23l behind Fairey Delta (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Mar.
Kathlatino 28-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 9, 28l behind Doyly Carte (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Royal Escort (IRE) 12-5 (10-7) Tracked leader, reminders after 3rd, soon lost place, tailed off, pulled up before last, 7th of 8, well behind Julia Too (10-7) at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
The Mongolian (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened soon after, 6th of 15, 20l behind Bhakti (11-0) at Catterick 2m Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Race (4-6yo) (6) gd in Feb.
Wendy'sgreyhorse 200-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear and keen, tailed off 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ahyaknowyerself (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 11 ran.