Mark Johnston's pair Licence To Till and Mister Angry appear to have their fair share of weight but there are possibilities about Harlestone Times and Dynamic Drive, who both ended last season in terrific form and are capable of further improvement this year. Snoqualmie Star won at Kempton and Newmarket last summer while Zigato improved as he stepped up in trip last year, though was a little disappointing over 1m6f at Haydock in September off this mark. KINGS TROOP clearly doesn't like hurdling but has proved himself very capable on the level and has won both previous starts over this C&D. Ryan Moore partnered him to the first of those triumphs and the former champion is back on board again today - the partnership could be the one to beat.
Licence To Till (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, soon ridden along to be close up, hampered after 1f, raced keen, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 12, 22l behind Lowther (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-105 (2) pol in Mar.
Mister Angry (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Led, jumped path after 1f, ridden and headed early straight, soon weakened, eased final furlong, 14th of 16, 20l behind Gimli's Rock (9-0) at Naas 1m 4f hcap gd in Oct.
Harlestone Times (IRE) 7-2 (8-4) Held up, headway to lead 2f out, soon 2 lengths clear, ran on final furlong, eased near finish, readily, won at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep beating First Fandango (8-4) by 5l, 8 ran.
Snoqualmie Star 10-1 (8-9) Keen held up, effort over 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 9l behind Harris Tweed (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 6f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Sep.
Zigato 4-1fav (9-4) Behind, under pressure when hung left over 6f out, switched outside and continued to hang left when headway over 1f out, stayed on insde final furlong, unable to reach leaders, nearest finish, 4th of 15, 6l behind Activate (8-9) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep.
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 11-8fav (9-8) Tracked leading pair, effort between horses to 2nd over 1f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct beating Soundbyte (8-13) by nk, 9 ran.
Kings Troop 14-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 20, 11l behind Salden Licht (9-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 10-1 (7-10) Behind, outpaced 3f out, no impression when switched right to inside entering final furlong, ran on final 100 yards, nearest finish, 6th of 15, 8l behind Harris Tweed (8-3) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jun.
Missionaire (USA) 40-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, weakened over 3f out, 14th of 15, 42l behind Cosmic Sun (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-105 (2) pol.
Hawaana (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 4l behind Mirrored (9-7) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Sunny Game 10-1 (8-6) In rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 20, 4l behind Salden Licht (9-12) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct.
Dahaam 3-1fav (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, just held, 2nd of 11, nk behind Mighty Clarets (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan.
Trovare (USA) 11-1 (8-1) Led, headed 4f out, soon weakened, 15th of 16, well behind Mount Athos (8-1) at York 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Aug.