Mont Royale has joined Jonjo O'Neill since winning by six lengths at Kelso on his debut in October, though the form of that race has yet to be franked. McCoy takes the ride, however, and the champ was on board Relic Rock when he won at Wetherby at the start of the month. Chepstow third Keep Presenting should certainly have more to offer and likewise Smart Motive, a beaten favorite at Huntingdon in November, while Nimbus Gale hinted at ability on debut. Teescomponents Max should pay his way and Keith Reveley is capable of producing his charges fully wound-up but winning pointer Some Buckle may need this. ZEROESHADESOFGREY is improving with experience and was quite impressive at Catterick four weeks ago. He is taken to defy his penalty, though Racing Europe is one to note for future reference.
Mont Royale 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, won at Kelso 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct beating Lord De Beaufai (10-7) by 6l, 12 ran.
Relic Rock (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, driven to lead over 2f out, ridden and hard pressed final furlong, held on towards finish, won at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy beating Bryden Boy (10-8) by 1l, 11 ran.
Zeroeshadesofgrey (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Tracked leader, led 5f out, driven clear over 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) sft in Jan beating Big Mike (11-1) by 6l, 9 ran.
Gentlemans Token Gentleman's Deal gelding out of Bella Mary.
Keep Presenting (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, left in lead after 2f, headed soon after, stayed prominent, ridden and no impression on winner when losing 2nd 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 14l behind Justanother Muddle (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) hvy in Dec.
Nimbus Gale (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, outpaced over 5f out, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 16l behind Desoto County (11-0) at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov.
Racing Europe (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, left disputing lead paddock bend, clear advantage 4f out, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression with winner final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4l behind El Namoose (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
Road To Freedom Revoque gelding out of Go Classic.
Some Buckle (IRE) 6-4 (11-9) Chsd ldrs, 4th 1/2way, 2l 4th 3out, prog gng well to jn ldr 2out, nrw ldr after last, qcknd clear flat, cosily, won at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp in Oct beating Onehellofaniceguy (11-9) by 5l, 9 ran.
Teescomponents Max Grape Tree Road gelding out of Our Tees Component.
Destiny's Gold (IRE) 28-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 4f out, never on terms, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 15l behind Imagine The Chat (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m mdn nat hunt flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Smart Motive 15-8fav (10-12) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 19l behind Two Jabs (10-12) at Huntingdon 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Nov.