Aintree winner Josies Orders is tried in blinkers after failing to justify favouritism at Wetherby earlier this month. He has a chance if the headgear has the desired effect while Brave Buck has been much improved this season and is worth another try over 3m. Forever Present couldn't get to grips with all-the-way winner Theatrebar at Ludlow but the extra yardage might help and he has a bit more scope than some of these. Patsys Castle may have too much weight on his handicap debut and there is no evidence to suggest Exeter scorer Boss In Boots will stay this far but ZAFARABAN has each-way claims if you ignore his latest run at Huntingdon and he could be the value in a tricky opener.
Patsys Castle (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 7th, not fluent 9th, led 3 out, ridden before next, not fluent and headed last, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Willoughby Hedge (11-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Westaway (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Mid-division, lost place and behind from 7th, tailed off 4 out, 12th of 13, well behind Moorlands Mist (10-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Josies Orders (IRE) 9-4fav (11-6) Held up in touch on outer, pushed along 5 out, went 2nd before 3 out until last, no extra, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Rattlin (10-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Sybarite (FR) 7-2 (11-0) Mid-division, driven and outpaced after 3 out, no impression before next, 6th of 9, 23l behind Beat That (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Tinker Time (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Raced wide, tracked leading trio, went left 5th, headway on outside approaching 4 out, pushed along and outpaced soon after 3 out, rallied to 4th well before next, no impression when mistake and weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, 19l behind Doing Fine (10-12) at Ascot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Bob Tucker (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, pushed along after 3 out, no progress next, 6th of 10, 23l behind Rior (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hcp hdl (0-115) (4) gd.
Forever Present (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, every chance last, no extra last 75 yards, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Theatrebar (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Daliance (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Took keen hold in mid-division, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before next, 8th of 14, 19l behind Swinging Hawk (10-13) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Lone Ranger (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Behind, struggling 4 out, behind when mistake 2 out, tailed off, 18th of 19, well behind Quick Jack (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Boss In Boots (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 6 out, led after 3 out, pressed last, kept on, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Tomibola (10-9) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Brave Buck 5-4fav (12-2) Led, headed before 4 out, regained lead 3 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov beating Pirans Car (11-7) by 6l, 7 ran.
Zafaraban (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 5th and 6th, mistake 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 9, 10l behind Rule Of Thumb (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Coup De Grace (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Held up in mid-division, headway after 3 out, stayed on to 2nd 2 out, never any chance with impressive winner, 2nd of 15, 8l behind Willow's Saviour (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Knight Flight 5-2 (11-10) Close up, ridden 4 out, weakened and pulled up next, in a race won by Gentleman Jimmy (10-11) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar '12, 8 ran.
Miles of Sunshine 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out until 2 out, no impression on winner, one pace flat, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Aerial (10-12) at Taunton 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd.