Sweet Irony is very consistent and has a C&D victory to his credit though he's 4lb higher than when beaten at Taunton in November. Snow Blizzard will like the quicker ground though he has an absence to overcome and couldn't deal with a 9lb rise on his latest start in September. Cantlow, runner-up in the Grade 1 Sefton Novices' at Aintree in April, looked on the way back at Sandown last time and still has plenty of scope. Radetsky March ploughed through the mud to score at Ffos Las and conditions will be very different here but Mcmurrough won't mind the going and has dropped to a reasonable mark. Knight In Purple was in very good form at this time a year ago and is well enough treated but BIG EASY improved for stepping up to this trip at Doncaster where he beat a couple of in-form rivals and a 13lb rise may not be enough to prevent a double.
Quartz de Thaix (FR) 28-1 (11-3) Mid-division, dropped towards rear and reminders 3rd, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Dynaste (10-13) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Nov, 20 ran.
Cantlow (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, headway 3 out, chased leaders before next, stayed on to go 2nd last, no impression with winner, 2nd of 19, 8l behind Poungach (11-4) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) gs in Dec.
The Jigsaw Man (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway 9th, not fluent 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 4th of 15, 6l behind Knock A Hand (11-1) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs.
Radetsky March (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Made all, clear before and not fluent last, driven out, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec beating Blazing Buck (10-11) by 6l, 9 ran.
Cloudy Spirit 8-1 (11-0) Held up in 5th, dropped to last after 6th, never on terms after, not fluent 3 out, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, no chance after, 5th of 6, 9l behind Violin Davis (11-0) at Ascot 3m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Global Power (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Always behind, 9th of 14, 28l behind Hildisvini (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Jan.
Silver Gypsy (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Led until approaching 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 13l behind Alasi (11-5) at Doncaster 2m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Sweet Irony (FR) 3-1fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, went 3rd over 2f out, stayed on, edged left well inside final furlong, unable to challenge, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Kasbadali (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std.
Timesawastin (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Pulled hard, went left 1st, led after next until hung left and headed on bend after 4th, ran out before next, in a race won by Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan, 19 ran.
Big Easy (GER) 3-1fav (10-6) Held up in touch, chased leaders 3 out, led before last, pushed out, readily, won at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan beating Bocciani (11-8) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Knight In Purple 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, chased winner before 3 out, kept on from last, no impression, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Dontpaytheferryman (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jan.
McMurrough (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Held up, headway after 4 out, kept on same pace, jumped right 3 out and last, 4th of 10, 24l behind Carpincho (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chs (4) gs in Nov.
Radmores Revenge 14-1 (10-5) Held up behind, headway 4 out, challenged on outside next, ridden and outpaced before next, weakened last, 7th of 10, 19l behind Reindeer Dippin (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Snow Blizzard (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) With leaders, every chance when not fluent 3 out, no extra next, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 19l behind Grandads Horse (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.