Nesterenko came good over course and distance 10 days ago and his amateur rider's claim takes care of the penalty. But this looks a lot more competitive, though the consistent Hartside has gone up a further 3lb since his third at Leicester and Bohemian Rhapsody was a little disappointing when sent off favourite at Kempton over Christmas. But Phantom Prince ran well behind Beau Lake at Lingfield on his first start since May, however, and the winner has gone in again since while Boston Blue is a previous winner over track and trip and was second at Chepstow in November. The four-year-olds Stephen Hero and FORCED FAMILY FUN lack a bit of experience but both have been given a chance at the weights. The latter pulled much too hard at Ffos Las last month but was still only beaten a length-and-a-half giving 7lb to the winner. If Brian Hughes can find him some cover here, he could take all the beating getting weight all round.
Nesterenko (GER) 15-2 (11-11) Chased leaders on inside, went 2nd before 3 out, challenged and hit 2 out, led last, ridden clear run in, won at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec beating Figaro (11-9) by 9l, 12 ran.
Great Value (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead 2 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Favorite Girl (10-7) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Switched Off 8-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway before 8th, ridden after 2 out, stayed on same pace from last, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Lava Lamp (9-11) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in May.
Hartside (GER) 9-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 4th, behind before 3 out, rallied before last, stayed on, no chance with winner, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Boston Blue 14-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, headway to 2nd approaching 4 out, led 4 out, ridden between last 2, headed last, not pace of winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Radmores Revenge (11-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Bohemian Rhapsody (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) Held up well in rear, mistake 2nd, went left 4 out, headway approaching 2 out, ridden in 5th between last 2, went modest 4th towards finish, 4th of 10, 21l behind Three Kingdoms (11-8) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Songsmith 25-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, always towards rear, struggling 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Lexi's Boy (11-1) at Sandown 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) sft in Apr '12.
Mojolika 8-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 36l behind Strongpoint (11-7) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Dec.
Phantom Prince (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Prominent on outside, chased leader after 3 out, ridden and effort between last 2, every chance last, kept on same pace flat, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Beau Lake (9-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led until 3rd, pushed along chasing leader, lost 2nd 4 out, weakened next, 4th of 7, 23l behind Tealissio (11-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Stephen Hero (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 3rd before 3rd, chased (clear) winner before 2 out, no chance when went right 2 out, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 6, 17l behind Vicenzo Mio (11-8) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) sft in Dec.
Groomed (IRE) 15-8 (10-9) Chased leader, pushed along briefly after 6th, driven before 2 out, soon lost 2nd and stayed on same pace in 3rd, weakened to 4th between last 2, 4th of 6, 41l behind Raktiman (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Minsky Mine (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 6th of 10, 27l behind Mwaleshi (10-11) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec '12.
Forced Family Fun 8-13fav (11-5) Took keen hold, tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 3 out, effort next, every chance when went left last, ridden and held flat, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Ivanhoe (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.