JEU DE ROSEAU won twice over today's trip last season before ending the year with a victory over hurdles. A runner-up on his recent reappearance albeit beaten nine lengths, Chris Grant's charge will have come on plenty for that and can return to winning ways. Escape Artist produced a better effort when third over a shorter trip last time, but the losing streak of Im Spartacus stretches back to 2007 now. Spruzzo won one of Pontefract's marathon 2m6f races back in April and could figure, while Spiders Star also has place claims.
Tobernea (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Led after 1f, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 10, 13l behind Arab League (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Im Spartacus 5-1 (9-2) Led 1f, prominent, ridden to chase winner over 4f out, no chance final 2f, 2nd of 7, 16l behind Three White Socks (8-10) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs.
Spruzzo 13-2 (8-8) Tracked leader, led over 6f out, ridden and headed 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 8l behind Wells Lyrical (9-10) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Jeu De Roseau (IRE) 11-4 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden to challenge over 2f out, edged left well over 1f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Maid Of Meft (8-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
Spiders Star 10-1 (8-13) Behind, driven and outpaced over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 9, 14l behind Rosewin (9-4) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Bring Sweets (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Held up in rear, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 5th of 7, 6l behind White Deer (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 4yo sell stks (6) gf.
Strikemaster (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 12, 16l behind Court Wing (8-5) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Escape Artist 9-2 (8-8) Led and keen, went very wide on first bend after 1f and headed, tracked leader until 9f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Bajan Parkes (9-7) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in May.
Rannoch Moor 7-2fav (8-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 15, 13l behind No Time For Tears (7-12) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Carmela Maria 66-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3f out, last of 12, 37l behind Lava Lamp (8-10) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Seven Stars 40-1 (8-9) Held up, never a factor, 10th of 15, 19l behind Top Jaro (9-1) at Redcar 1m 2f sell stks (6) gs in Sep '08.
Just Observing 16-1 (8-12) Led after 1f, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 7l behind White Deer (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 4yo sell stks (6) gf.
Oniz Tiptoes (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Lost touch final 7f, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Ask The Oracle (9-3) at Southwell 1m 3f mdn stks (5) fbs in Jan '10.