Dancewiththedevil is very consistent but was beaten in a seller last time. Dineur makes his handicap debut having led for a long way on his reappearance at Huntingdon and is on the upgrade but Brunston doesn't appear one to rely on after a poor effort at Stratford in June. Dragon's Den won a handicap over the C&D but was held on his next start at Taunton when ARAB LEAGUE finished third. The latter appeared to find 2m4f stretching his stamina and gets the vote to return to winning ways as he'd earlier scored over 2m1f there. Tony Star, a winning bumper in France, made a successful start over timber for Philip Hobbs at Huntingdon and looks capable of better than he's shown so far in handicaps.
Nobunaga 17-2 (11-6) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 5th, ridden and no chance with winner from 2 out, lost poor 2nd last, 3rd of 7, 32l behind Swift Lord (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Tarkari (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Always behind, never involved, tailed off, 11th of 13, 50l behind Brampour (10-8) at Ascot 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Oct.
Tony Star (FR) 9-2 (11-4) Took keen hold, held up in rear, headway to modest 4th before 3 out, went well held 2nd soon after next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 29l behind Empire Levant (11-4) at Newbury 2m con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Henry Hook (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Led, slow and headed 4th, pressed leader, went right and hit 7th, lost 2nd just before 4 out, soon outpaced and no chance with leading duo, eased from 3 out, tailed off, 3rd of 4, well behind Balzaccio (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Oct.
Arab League (IRE) 2-1fav (11-5) Led, headed 5th, led again 6th, headed 3 out, led again before 2 out, headed before and hit last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Salontyre (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Brunston 11-4fav (11-12) Held up in touch on outside, not fluent and went right 2nd, jumped slowly 4th, not fluent and ridden 6th, weakened after 3 out, 4th of 7, 32l behind Rajnagan (11-4) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jul.
Looks Like Slim 10-1 (10-7) Behind, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, effort 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 24l behind Praxiteles (10-13) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Gay Sloane (IRE) 80-1 (9-7) Led after 1st until 2nd, ridden and weakened 7th, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind The Knoxs (10-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Katchmore (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 3 out, last of 8, well behind Not Til Monday (11-2) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Dineur (FR) 9-4fav (11-5) Led, ridden and hit 3 out, headed next, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 9l behind Cry Of Freedom (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Dancewiththedevil (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Held up in touch in 4th, headway before 2 out, soon challenged, chased winner after last, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Kickahead (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Jigsaw Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, effort 2 out, stayed on same pace from last, 4th of 12, 7l behind Manshoor (11-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Dragon's Den (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) In rear, in 4th and one pace when fell last, in a race won by Salontyre (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov, 7 ran.
Don't Panic (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Held up in last trio, headway to join leaders after 4th, led 4 out until next, weakened soon after 2 out, 5th of 9, 18l behind First Avenue (11-9) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.