Ruacana probably has too much weight and Totalize was pulled up on his reappearance at Ascot and might still need this but most of the others look to have a decent chance. Amore Alto arrives off the back of wins at Wincanton and Kempton and will find this a stiffer test but Lac Fontana is better than he showed when last of four behind The Liquidator in a Grade 2 here last time and Lexi's Boy looked on the way back at Kempton. Quick Decisson stays further than this but has been raised 11lb since winning at Wincanton. WATERUNDER wasn't beaten far off today's mark at Sandown last month before getting bogged down in the mud at Ascot. His defeat of Horizontal Speed at Exeter has worked out well and he can land today's finale with Citizenship and Nesterenko both disappointing last time.
Ruacana 25-1 (11-8) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, kept on same pace flat, lost 3rd post, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Deep Trouble (10-11) at Sandown 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Dec.
Waterunder (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Towards rear, looked to be struggling when badly hampered 3 out, 10th of 20, 25l behind Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Amore Alato 12-1 (11-8) Made all, hard driven when strongly challenged approaching 2 out, stayed on strongly, won at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (2) sft in Dec beating Fascino Rustico (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Citizenship 8-1 (11-0) Last pair, pushed along and outpaced after 7th, no chance after, last of 9, well behind Irish Saint (11-5) at Ascot 2m 3f Ltd hcp hdl (1) hvy.
Lexi's Boy (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd well before 2 out, led before 2 out until headed and bumped 2 out, chased winner and every chance until ridden between last 2, outpaced to 3rd approaching and hit last, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Lyvius (11-4) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft.
Totalize 9-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, looked to be struggling when hampered 2 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec, 20 ran.
Quick Decisson (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, led before 2 out, kept on well, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy beating Alaivan (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Lac Fontana (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3rd until approaching 3 out, soon last and well held, not fluent 2 out, last of 4, 34l behind The Liquidator (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.
Nesterenko (GER) 9-4fav (11-6) Behind, headway before 3 out, every chance 2 out, no extra from last, 4th of 12, 8l behind Forced Family Fun (10-7) at Doncaster 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Hartside (GER) 22-1 (11-4) Behind, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 12, 23l behind Forced Family Fun (10-7) at Doncaster 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.