ROSSLYN CASTLE clearly has a mind of his own but his latest third at Uttoxeter came in a better race than this and he's probably the one to beat if McCoy can keep him covered up in this small field. Omid hasn't been seen since winning over a longer trip here at the start of December off an 8lb lower mark while Funky Munky was still beaten 23 lengths when second at Kelso, though did finish ahead of Knight Valliant. Indepub seems to have lost his way and Dickie Henderhoop may be in need of a confidence-booster.
Rosslyn Castle 4-1 (11-10) Behind, not fluent 3rd, headway 3 out, chased leaders when left 3rd next, every chance last, ridden and no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Pure Style (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Dickie Henderhoop (IRE) 9-1 (10-3) In touch on outside when fell 3rd, in a race won by Too Cool To Fool (10-4) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Funky Munky 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place after 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd after next, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 12, 23l behind Bellorophon (10-11) at Kelso 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Omid 12-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway on outside before 2 out, stayed on under pressure to lead approaching last, won going away, eased towards finish, won at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec beating Hartforth (10-5) by 6l, 9 ran.
Indepub 25-1 (11-0) Held up behind, reminders after 1st, reminders before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Stanley Bridge (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Agesilas (FR) 14-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place after 6th, tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bold Tara (9-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
Knight Valliant 12-1 (9-13) In rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, stayed on same pace, never on terms, 3rd of 12, 25l behind Bellorophon (10-11) at Kelso 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.