Ivan Boru got off the mark at Kelso in April and doubled his tally at Sedgefield on his reappearance. The handicapper hasn't over-reacted but he still has to give 13lb to UNEX CANALETTO, who left previous form well behind when winning with something to spare at Kelso in the spring. Still a four-year-old, he still looks well treated. Keel Haul justified favouritism at Warwick last month but has a bit more on his plate here while Tantamount may just be in the handicapper's grip. Dundee showed little over track and trip in October but Knockraheen could be interesting in a first-time visor.
Ivan Boru (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Led until before 4th, remained prominent, led again 2 out, jumped left last, soon wandered under pressure, swerved right 50 yards out, kept on, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Kodicil (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Knockraheen (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Always towards rear, 6th of 10, 44l behind Big Casino (11-1) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Dazinski 6-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, fell last, in a race won by Jean De Florette (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov, 11 ran.
Dundee 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, in touch when not fluent last (normal 4 out), soon outpaced, well beaten home turn, 5th of 7, well behind Royal Regatta (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.
Squire Trelawney 12-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led 6th, narrowly headed before 3 out, disputing lead 3 out until headed 2 out, stayed chasing leaders, driven between last 2, no extra last, hung left flat, 5th of 14, 11l behind Swinging Hawk (10-13) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Unex Canaletto 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, went left last, ridden out, won at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May beating Academy (10-12) by 4l, 12 ran.
Tantamount 11-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway to track leaders before 3 out, every chance 2 out, kept on and heald towards finish, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Frontier Vic (10-0) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Sep.
Keel Haul (IRE) 4-1fav (10-9) Held up in mid-division, headway 4th, ridden after 3 out, outpaced when mistake 2 out, staying on when left 2nd last, finished well to lead towards finish, won at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov beating Shady Lane (11-1) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Plus Jamais (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, went 5th before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 9, well behind Amore Mio (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.