Uppingham stepped up on his debut effort when second at Market Rasen and is probably capable of winning a race like this. But DESOTO COUNTY showed a fine turn of foot to score at Haydock on his first start under Rules and can defy his penalty. Stellar Notion and River Clare are other ex-pointers with a future while Nicky Henderson gives the filly Moel Famau a first start. She's a half-sister to winning jumpers Fabrika and Chasing Aces and could turn out to be useful.
Desoto County 10-3 (11-0) Mid-division, smooth headway over 3f out, soon chasing leaders, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov beating Wuff (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Brogeen Boy (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, raced wide with leaders, pushed along 3 out, weakened entering final 2f, 5th of 8, 24l behind Guanciale (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Iouascore (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up, pushed along on inside over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Capilla (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
River Clare (IRE) 7-4 (12-2) Rcd 2nd, led 5th, won easy, won at Loughrea 3m ire ptp gf in Oct beating Itstimeforapint (12-2) by 6l, 8 ran.
Stellar Notion (IRE) 4-5 (12-0) Mid div, prog to disp from 5th, 3rd 4out, ld 3out, hdd 2out & still ev ch aftr until outjumped last, no ex flat, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Georgie Lad (12-0) at Bartlemy 3m ire ptp sft in May.
Uppingham 14-1 (11-2) Keen in rear, headway on outer to chase winner over 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Kilcooley (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Miss Twiggs Helissio filly out of Seviot.
Moel Famau Flemensfirth filly out of Daprika.