Monita Bonita tackles handicap company for the first time and shouldn't be far away. Finmerello was third off today's mark at Southwell in November while Knockturnal was placed at Musselburgh last time in first-time blinkers, though was a long way behind Monita Bonita at Sedgefield previously. Spanish Fleet has claims on his latest third at Musselburgh but DALIANCE is eased in grade here and, as there should be enough pace to bring his stamina into play, gets the nod to open his account at the 10th time of asking.
Spanish Fleet 11-1 (10-2) In touch in 4th, pushed along 5th, went 3rd before last, soon ridden, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Sam Lord (11-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Daliance (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, kept on to go 3rd after 2 out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 25l behind Maller Tree (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Danby's Legend 16-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 41l behind Yorkist (11-5) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Easydoesit (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, chased leaders briefly after 4 out, outpaced next, soon weakened, 11th of 13, 30l behind Sea Lord (11-11) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
Monita Bonita 6-1 (10-5) Mid-division when field came into view after 1st, headway and chased leaders when came into view again after 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 10, 26l behind Heath Hunter (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Grand Gigolo (FR) 200-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 30l behind Diamond King (11-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Ergo Sum 50-1 (10-11) Held up, headway 4th, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, 49l behind Cheltenian (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Dalstontosiloth (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) In touch, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, behind when hit last, detached, 4th of 6, well behind Oscars Den (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Arte Del Calcio 33-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, 14th of 16, 50l behind Keel Haul (10-9) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Finmerello 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, led after mistake 5th, headed when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 12, 48l behind Dalrymple (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Echo Foxtrot 66-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, beaten next, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 33l behind Goohar (10-9) at Haydock 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
I'm So Special (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, hampered 1st, lost touch before 4th, tailed off next, pulled up after, in a race won by Kim Tian Road (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Knockturnal (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Tracked leader, every chance before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Benalex Park (10-13) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
So Bazaar (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Always behind, weakened 4 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Newdane Dancer (10-2) at Catterick 2m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 11 ran.