PRIDEOFTHECASTLE is penalised for beating Steel City, who runs in the first division, here last month but is on the upgrade and is entitled to the vote. He may prove just too strong for stablemate Knight Of Noir, whose jumping left plenty to be desired at Wincanton. Sky Watch hasn't really improved since landing a Sandown bumper on his debut though he stays well enough and should get involved. Tribulation made a promising start at Chepstow in November but was never in contention when returning there a month later. Cool George won a bumper here on his debut and has done enough over hurdles to suggest a race of this nature is within his capabilities.
Prideofthecastle (IRE) 6-4 (10-12) Made all, ridden before 2 out, pressed when not fluent last, ridden run-in, held on well towards finish, won at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Dec beating Steel City (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Another Brandy (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, not fluent 6th, tailed off when went badly left 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind Horizontal Speed (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Beat The Bounds 66-1 (11-4) Mid-division, chased leaders 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 38l behind Zulu Oscar (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Bonds Conquest 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, reminders 8th, never a factor, 8th of 10, well behind Knock House (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Brogeen Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, lost place over 3f out, 6th of 8, well behind Stellar Notion (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Cool George 13-2 (10-7) Chased leading pair, pushed along before 3 out, no impression when lost 2nd next, weakened, 4th of 8, 11l behind Citizenship (11-6) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Knight Of Noir (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 3rd, hit 5th, not fluent 8th, led after 3 out, headed and 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Swallowshide (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov, 7 ran.
Know More Oats (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) In touch on outside, driven 4f out, kept on same pace under pressure, never troubled leaders, 5th of 8, 8l behind Tara Road (10-11) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Silvergrove 50-1 (11-0) Took keen hold and held up towards rear, steady headway to get in behind leaders approaching 6th, weakened 8th, tailed off, 9th of 11, dis behind Tagrita (10-7) at Exeter 2m 7f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Sky Watch (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Led, headed soon after 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Knock House (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Tribulation 20-1 (10-12) In touch, outpaced when not fluent 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 15, 49l behind Aubusson (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Canarbino Girl 150-1 (10-3) Always behind, detatched halfway, soon beaten, tailed off, last of 13, well behind My Miss Lucy (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
More Tricks 200-1 (9-12) Took keen hold and always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Horizontal Speed (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.