It's quite a surprise to see Tony McCoy here today but he has some very good rides including CARLICUE here. An impressive winner on heavy ground in an Irish point-to-point, he showed the benefit of his opening run for new connections at Chepstow in October when gaining a comfortable maiden success over this trip at Ffos Las a month ago. He hasn't been done any great favours by the handicapper but there looks plenty more to come. Jetnova landed a couple of novice events at Plumpton before failing to cope with heavy ground and Grade 2 company at Warwick where he was well beaten by Court In Motion. This is more his class and ground and he can put that run behind him. Simply Blue has run poorly since scoring over two miles here in October and this is an unknown trip while the returning Georgian King wouldn't want any more rain as his best form is on faster ground. Westlin' Winds is untested at the distance and has plenty of weight but first-time blinkers may wake him up enough to produce a better effort.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) Prominent, not fluent 3 out, ridden approaching 2 out, soon beaten, 6th of 12, 18l behind Mille Chief (11-12) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Jan.
Jetnova (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, mistake 6th, lost 2nd when mistake next, weakening when mistake 2 out, 6th of 8, 46l behind Court In Motion (11-7) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Carlicue (IRE) 4-5fav (11-5) Led until approaching 3 out, lead again before next, shaken up approaching last, ran on well, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan beating Saffron Lord (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Vagrant Emperor (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, not fluent 9th, weakened approaching 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mr Moonshine (10-8) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Georgian King 4-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden 4 out, went moderate 3rd 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Busker Royal (11-6) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) gd in Nov '09.
Pavillon Bleu (FR) 12-1 (10-9) Soon outpaced, always behind, mistake 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Fistral Beach (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Simply Blue 25-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division on inner, headway approaching 6th, chased leaders next, weakened 2 out, 4th of 14, 23l behind Karky Schultz (11-1) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs.
Pepporoni Pete (IRE) 10-3 (11-8) Went left 1st, 3rd before when slow 5th, weakened next, behind and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Chrysander (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f clm hdl (5) gs in Jan, 13 ran.
Boomtown Kat 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, close up when not much room on landing last, no extra towards finish, 5th of 21, 2 3/4l behind Sparrow Hills (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.