Saint Breiz has failed to cope under a penalty in a couple of subsequent starts since scoring at Wincanton. Towcester winner Spyder also looked beaten in third when falling at Fontwell last time, so the vote goes to NED STARK. Beaten a couple of lengths by Mosspark at Exeter in November, the latter went on to win a Listed contest and that form looks strong enough in this company. Alan King's charge gets the nod with Monksgold looking best of the rest after a better effort at Wincanton last month.
Saint Breiz (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 27l behind Saddlers Encore (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Spyder 11-4 (11-6) Took keen hold, held up in mid-division, hit 7th, headway before next, 3rd after 3 out, 6 lengths down and held when fell 2 out, in a race won by Gun Shy (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 10 ran.
Black Cow (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, mistake 1st, hit 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 16, 40l behind Simply A Legend (11-1) at Ascot 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Ice Cool Curler 16-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, weakened over 6f out, 6th of 8, 37l behind Justanother Muddle (11-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Johns Luck (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, weakened 2f out, tailed off, 12th of 14, 42l behind Broughtons Rhythm (11-3) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Maxilian (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 3rd or 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Shubaat (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gs in Mar.
Monksgold (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, held up in last pair, headway approaching 2 out, went modest 3rd 2 out, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Saddlers Encore (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Ned Stark (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up in touch on inside, not fluent 2nd, switched left before 3 out, every chance when not fluent next, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 17, 2l behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Rock Me Zippo (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, jumped big 6th, weakening when mistake 2 out, 4th of 8, 48l behind Call Me Vic (11-1) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Seymour Legend 66-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 11th of 18, 26l behind Dalmo (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Shady Glen (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden before 6th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Lookslikerainted (10-7) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy, 6 ran.
Mrs Burbidge 50-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling after 3 out, 6th of 9, 50l behind Nordic Quest (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.