The smart Tataniano ran out a well backed winner of this race for Paul Nicholls two years ago so it will be interesting to see what level of confidence there is behind Newton Abbot runner-up MEREHEAD and a market check is advised in assessing this race. Kartanian was impressive at Worcester but carrying a penalty in what is potentially a stronger race won't be easy which could also be a problem for Royal Scoundrel who has presumably had his problems. Pentopyn Harry and A Splash Of Green are related to bumper winners and could go well at a price with Blues And Twos, Don Pooleoni, Hawkaller and Golden Chieftain others to note.
Kartanian (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 3f out, led well over 1f out, soon edged right and ran green, ran on well, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (5) gd in Sep beating Representingceltic (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Royal Scoundrel (IRE) 2-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway from 6f out, ridden and led 2f out, driven out final furlong, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Aug '08 beating Stowford Press (10-2) by 14l, 7 ran.
A Splash Of Green (IRE) Great Palm gelding out of Lottobuck.
Blues And Twos 5-2 (11-7) Cl up, in 1st 2 till 3rd from 8th, mstk 5out, 4th 3out, chsd wnr from 2out, ko, no impress, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Valley View (11-7) at Lemonfield 2m ire ptp gs in Mar.
Don Pooleoni (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Took keen hold in last pair, headway to 2nd over 2f out, no chance with winner over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Saint Luke (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (5) gd in Aug.
Golden Chieftain (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 13, 10l behind Mic's Delight (11-2) at Kempton 2m NH flat (5) sft in Feb.
Hawkaller Cloudings gelding out of Tone Mist.
Logan Rock 33-1 (11-0) In touch in rear, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost touch, last of 5, 21l behind Panache (10-7) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gf in Sep.
Merehead (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 3f out, headed 2f out, ran green, stayed on inside final furlong, no real impression, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Kid Cassidy (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (5) sft in Mar.
Mocambo (GER) Acambaro gelding out of Mobos.
Pentopyn Harry Zaha gelding out of Paprika.
Sans Un Souci (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Mid-division, lost place 8f out, soon in rear, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Rudanphast (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Aug.
Smart Catch (IRE) Pivotal gelding out of Zafaraniya.
Double Fun Double Trigger filly out of Girl Of Pleasure.
El Pescadero (IRE) Milan filly out of Dantes Term.
Silver Peninsula Silver Patriarch mare out of Hanukkah.