Ted Spread and Master Of Arts were both well backed for the Imperial Cup at Sandown on Saturday but neither ever looked like winning. Ubi Ace and Raya Star have already enjoyed a profitable season but could be in the handicapper's grip now, though the latter had Olofi, Sailors Warn, Via Galilei, Desert Cry and Alarazi behind at Newbury last time and should finish ahead of that quintet again. Harry Derham takes 7lb off course winner Edgardo Sol and he could play a part, but this may be too tough for novices Magnifique Etoile and Ingleby Spirit. Snap Tie is undeniably well handicapped but will surely need this and preference is for REDERA. Tony Martin's charge is a proven good ground performer and was returning from a break when a fast-finishing third at Leopardstown last month. His trainer gave him a spin around here in November and he should be attractively priced for a return to winning ways. Compatriot Alderwood also makes some appeal with McCoy on board, while the enigmatic Lifestyle could be the type to run well in a race of this nature and shouldn't be discounted.
Starluck (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, no extra last, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Binocular (11-10) at Wincanton 2m hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Clerk's Choice (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Held up in rear, switched right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Secret Tune (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb.
Moon Dice (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Led, headed approaching 3 out, 5th and ridden 2 out, no extra approaching last, 5th of 7, 25l behind Unaccompanied (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m hdl G1 (1) sft in Dec.
Via Galilei (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, mistake next, hampered on bend after 5th, headway when badly hampered 2 out, rider having tack problems briefly and not recover, 11th of 20, 14l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Ubi Ace 9-2 (11-12) Always prominent, mistake 4th, led approaching 3 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Stormy Weather (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Feb.
Sailors Warn (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway on inside approaching 5th, led before 3 out, headed after 2 out, not fluent last, no extra towards finish, 6th of 20, 5l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Raya Star (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, challenged approaching last, stayed on, held towards finish, 3rd of 20, 1 1/2l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Desert Cry (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway on inside after 3 out, weakened after next, 12th of 20, 15l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th 2 out, no extra from before last, weakened, 12th of 14, 8l behind Steel Park (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 gd.
Dirar (IRE) (11-2) 5th of 14, 37l behind Black Jack Blues (11-2) at Far Hills(USA) 2m 5f hdl G1 fm in Oct.
Dee Ee Williams (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Led, headed approaching 3rd, chased leaders until ridden and weakened after 3 out, 8th of 11, 32l behind Sire De Grugy (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Local Hero (GER) 33-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden after last, kept on, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Simonsig (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Alderwood (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Never a factor, 15th of 20, 13l behind Dul Ar An Ol (10-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 gs in Feb.
Lifestyle 11-10fav (11-0) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, led approaching last, soon headed, one pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Alasi (11-5) at Doncaster 2m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Alarazi (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Prominent, took keen hold, every chnace 3 out, badly hampered next, weakened approaching last, 14th of 20, 22l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Plan A (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, ridden into 10th 2 out, no impression in 6th last, kept on same pace, 6th of 30, 8l behind Citizenship (10-3) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 in Jan.
Edgardo Sol (FR) 8-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway to go in touch after 4th, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 5th of 11, 10l behind Sire De Grugy (11-6) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Hell's Bay (FR) 25-1 (10-8) Behind, slightly hampered 9th, some headway approaching 11th, mistake and lost touch next, blundered badly 14th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Massini's Maguire (10-13) at Ascot 3m hcp chs Listed (1) gs in Feb, 12 ran.
Snap Tie (IRE) 1-2fav (11-2) Tracked leader, closed 4th, led 4 out, pressed briefly after last, soon asserted, ran on well, won at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (2) gf in Oct '09 beating Safari Journey (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Magnifique Etoile 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leading pair, disputing close 2nd after 3 out until ridden before next, soon no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Captain Conan (11-7) at Sandown 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft in Jan.
Redera (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway approaching straight, went 6th at last, kept on under pressure run-in without reaching leaders, 3rd of 20, 3/4l behind Dul Ar An Ol (10-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 gs in Feb.
Olofi (FR) 8-1 (10-0) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, switched right and pressing leaders last, no impression flat, 5th of 20, 5l behind Zarkandar (11-1) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Master of Arts (USA) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 21st of 24, well behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs.
Ted Spread 3-1fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway 2 out, ridden before last, weakened last 100 yards, 8th of 24, 13l behind Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs.
Ifyouletmefinish (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leading pair, blundered 3 out, went 2nd before next, upsides last, stayed on under pressure to force dead heat on line, won at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb deadheating with Urbain De Sivola (11-0), 14 ran.
Ingleby Spirit 4-1fav (11-7) Held up in touch, ridden in 4th approaching 3 out, mistake next, 2nd briefly last, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 13, 6l behind Stormy Weather (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Feb.
Citizenship 10-1 (10-3) Mid-division, slightly hampered 1st and towards rear, headway in 14th entering straight, ridden into 3rd last, stayed on to lead run-in, kept on well, won at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 in Jan beating Leah Claire (9-6) by 1 1/4l, 30 ran.
Court In Session (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) With leader, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 12, 28l behind Kasbadali (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb.