This won't take much winning but few of these arrive in any kind of form. SHORT TAKES is an exception, winning a four-runner handicap at Sedgefield last week by 24 lengths. He stays this longer trip and is difficult to oppose off only a 2lb higher mark. Halifax hasn't shown much since joining Tony Newcombe but Kilflora won at Market Rasen before finishing tailed off at Leicester and Parc Des Princes would have each-way claims if fully wound-up. Groomed has won over fences and might be the pick of the remainder.
Halifax (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Always behind, tailed off before 3 out and pulled up, in a race won by Bob Tucker (10-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan, 14 ran.
Kilflora 12-1 (11-4) Led until 2nd, ridden when not fluent next, weakened well before last (normal 3 out), last of 7, well behind Scotsbrook Legend (10-0) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Expanding Universe (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, 28l behind Kodicil (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Big Society (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Parc Des Princes (USA) 9-2 (10-8) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling 7th, never involved, 8th of 9, 15l behind Dragon's Den (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Jolly Valentine 150-1 (11-1) Towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 18, 38l behind Pearl Castle (10-7) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Groomed (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Tracked leader early, prominent, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 9, 36l behind Clever Cookie (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Short Takes (USA) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged before 2 out, led before last and blundered, soon clear, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy beating Choisan (11-6) by 24l, 4 ran.
Prime Contender 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, blundered 6th, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened next, 6th of 8, 35l behind Persian Herald (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
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 in Jan.
Armedandbeautiful 8-1 (11-7) Held up behind, struggling 6th, never near leaders, 7th of 10, well behind Catching On (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Barnack 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st or 3rd, hit 7th, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ministerofinterior (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar '12, 9 ran.