INDEFENSIBLE is nominated here ahead of Safe Investment, Keyneema and Kassuta. Evan Williams' gelding was an impressive winner at Plumpton earlier this month before unseating his rider when attempting a quick follow up at Fontwell. He seems to have improved for good ground and going handicapping off a mark of 84 and under this 7lb penalty he looks sure to be hard to beat. Top-weight Trafalgar Man ran a better race in defeat last time and the handicapper continues to give him a chance; he is now 9lb lower than when starting off in handicap company in September. Keyneema was impressive when winning a seller at Fakenham but this looks tougher, so whilst he needs respect (selling form often underrated) he is passed over. As is Ton Chee if quickly turned out as this uphill finish may not be ideal, whilst Heroes is one to keep an eye on now encountering better ground with cheek-pieces back on. Ice Image and Kassuta are two more to add to any shortlist but it is Indefensible who gets the verdict.
Trafalgar Man (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, no impression from next, 4th of 12, 15l behind Karmadice (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Simple Jim (FR) 9-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 16, 42l behind Galaxy Rock (11-2) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Sybellius D'artaix (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, blundered 10th, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Nicozetto (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf.
Keyneema 10-1 (10-10) In touch, tracked leader 5th, led next, clear approaching last, comfortably, won at Fakenham 2m sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs beating Safe Investment (11-2) by 13l, 16 ran.
Newgate (UAE) 33-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, every chance 2 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 16, 20l behind Galaxy Rock (11-2) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Indefensible (IRE) 6-5fav (11-8) Prominent, mistake and unseated rider 2nd unseated rider at the 2nd in race won by Fishguard Filly (11-2) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl (5) gd, 17 ran.
Safe Investment (USA) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, chased winner next, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 13l behind Keyneema (10-10) at Fakenham 2m sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs.
Emotive 16-1 (11-1) Held up, never dangerous, 8th of 17, 39l behind Description (11-9) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Ton-Chee 33-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway to lead and jumped left from 5th, ridden clear approaching 2 out, driven out, won at N Abbot 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf beating Benayoun (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Heroes 33-1 (11-0) Never a factor, 7th of 14, 42l behind Bella Haze (10-3) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Grand Art (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and beaten from 3 out, 8th of 14, 25l behind Ormus (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Ice Image (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Chased leader, led 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, no extra from last, 6th of 17, 22l behind Description (11-9) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Find Me (USA) 33-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, reminders after 5th, soon lost place, 14th of 17, well behind Description (11-9) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Mount Usher 33-1 (11-7) Always in rear, 13th of 16, well behind Keyneema (10-10) at Fakenham 2m sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs.
Toby Mac 66-1 (10-13) Held up behind, effort approaching 3 out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, well behind Dancing Dik (10-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Kassuta 50-1 (10-2) In touch, hard ridden from 2 out, kept on to take 2nd close home, not trouble winner, 2nd of 16, 6l behind Viable (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m ldy hcp hdl (4) gd.
Chalice Welcome 8-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden and some progress after 4 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 9th of 16, 30l behind Viable (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m ldy hcp hdl (4) gd.
Parking Ticket (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders until 6th, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Description (11-9) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 17 ran.
Gunadoir (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden 3 out, beaten when hampered next, 6th of 15, 25l behind Janal (10-4) at Catterick 2m mrs hcp hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Masterofceremonies 33-1 (11-4) In touch until ridden and weakened 3 out, 11th of 12, well behind Calcutta Cup (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.