French import Mount Hollow was beaten only a head on the artificial surface at Deauville in August but it's difficult to know what that form amounts to here. TALENT SCOUT looks the safest option judged on his recent victory over 7f here and he is taken to follow-up in this similar company. Katmai River has run badly since winning at Leicester in October but better is expected of Orpen Arms wearing headgear for the first time. The consistent Keilty's Folly is another to consider as his only success in 28 starts came over the C&D.
Mount Hollow (9-6) 9th of 17, 10l behind Insild (8-11) at Compiegne(FR) 1m hcap hvy in Nov.
Talent Scout (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead and hung left over 1f out, hung left and ran on inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Itsthursdayalready (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Orpen Arms (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, lost place well over 2f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Buona Sarah (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov.
Penrod Ballantyne (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind The Big Haerth (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f sell stks (6) pol in Nov.
Katmai River (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Soon pushed along in rear, reminders 4f out, 9th of 13, 14l behind It's A Mans World (8-0) at Southwell 7f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Kielty's Folly 14-1 (10-0) In touch, headway 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Ubenkor (10-4) at Southwell 1m am hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
She's My Rock (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace and no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 8l behind Rock A Doodle Doo (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
Vanadium 66-1 (8-0) Soon ledat steady pace, headed 5f out, weakened quickly, tailed off, last of 6, 34l behind Strike Force (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-70 (5) pol.
Athboy Auction 16-1 (8-11) Held up, ridden and weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 18l behind Destiny Blue (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Sep.
John Potts 10-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden and some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 13, 6l behind Portrush Storm (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.