A competitive handicap in which several have decent claims. Decoy has been taking on better opposition while Corkage was successful over 2m4f here last month, though was only third on a return visit to the track last time off his new mark. Devotion To Duty came back to form with a close second at Musselburgh and Storm Survivor has won at Folkestone and Plumpton this season, though the latter is now tackling a higher grade. Distime and C&D winner Ely Brown are others to consider, while it's difficult to fault the consistency of Chac Du Cadran and Soudain while Hunters Lodge is starting to look well handicapped. But the vote goes to PATSY FINNEGAN, who was much more like his old self at Taunton last time and is well handicapped nowadays.
Decoy (FR) 6-1 (10-10) In touch, joined winner before 5th, lost place after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 15th of 19, well behind Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan.
Corkage (IRE) 10-3 (11-9) Led until 2nd, mistake 6th, led again approaching 3 out, headed before next, no extra, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Big Easy (10-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Distime (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders approaching 2 out, kept on flat, never reached leaders, 4th of 12, 11l behind Allow Me (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Allthekingshorses (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 8th, driven after 3 out, poor 4th when mistake and weakened to 5th last, 5th of 11, 20l behind Theologist (9-13) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan.
Bob 'n' You (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, mistake 8th, challenged 3 out, not fluent and bumped 2 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 5, 11l behind The Giant Bolster (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gd in Oct '10.
Devotion To Duty (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Held up in touch in mid-division, ridden to close after 9th, challenged 2 out, soon led, headed flat, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Everaard (10-0) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs.
Dawn Commander (GER) 20-1 (11-8) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd, effort 6th, no impression when not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, no threat, 7th of 14, 17l behind Barbatos (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Ely Brown (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Held up in touch, challenged 3 out, led approaching next, soon headed, stayed on, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Thehillofuisneach (10-11) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) gs in Jan.
Storm Survivor (IRE) 2-1fav (10-13) Held up in touch, travelling well, went 3rd at 7th, tracked leader on bit soon after 3 out, upsides next, driven between last 2, stayed on to lead going to last, awkward head carriage but asserted and in control flat, won at Plumpton 3m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Jan beating The Red Laird (10-6) by 7l, 9 ran.
Imperial Circus (IRE) 11-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway on inside approaching 5th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Barbatos (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Patsy Finnegan 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, ridden after next, 4th when not fluent last, rallied flat, not reached leaders, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Fox Appeal (11-5) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Makhzoon (USA) 14-1 (10-12) In touch, joined leaders 3rd, led 8th, headed approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace last, no extra and lost place flat, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Fox Appeal (11-5) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Chac Du Cadran (FR) 7-4fav (11-12) Led or disputed lead, clear leader after 3 out, ridden and hard pressed next, headed between last 2, kept on same pace in clear 2nd, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Night In Milan (11-5) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Soudain (FR) 5-2fav (11-5) Led, jumped right 4th and 5th, joined after 3 out, headed before next, kept on same pace, no impession with leading pair before last, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Rudemeister (10-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Lamboro Lad (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) In rear, headway 4th, ridden and lost touch 4 out, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Palace Jester (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Hunters Lodge (IRE) 17-2 (11-6) In touch, outpaced after 3 out, ridden next, stayed on under pressure to go 3rd before last, no impression with leading pair, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Night In Milan (11-5) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Go Amwell 20-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside to get in behind leaders approaching 3 out, no extra before next, 6th of 9, 27l behind Storm Survivor (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Jan.
Crop Walker (IRE) 5-1fav (10-11) Led 1st, headed after next, not fluent 10th, 7th and losing place when fell 14th, in a race won by Foxesbow (11-4) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in Jul, 11 ran.