Teshali deserves a change of luck after seconds at Ludlow and Taunton but he's still creeping up the weights. Drussell also appears to have been nailed by the handicapper and was behind Teshali and Rowlestone Lad last time but Tealissio should do better now back over a more suitable trip and Calaf's latest third at Musselburgh was a decent effort in the context of this race. CRAFTY ROBERTO took advantage of a lenient rating to score at Market Rasen last month and races off the same mark as when second in this 12 months ago. He could go one better this year.
Kayaan 50-1 (11-2) Towards rear, ridden after 2 out, never near leaders, 12th of 17, well behind Dark Lover (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Teshali (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Took keen hold, held up last, headway on outside 3 out, soon pushed along, went 2nd between last two, led narrowly last, headed flat, flattered by proximity to winner, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Thunderstorm (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Feb.
Shannon Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, 3rd before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 14l behind Raise Hell (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Crafty Roberto 14-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, led last, kept on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb beating No To Trident (10-5) by 2l, 14 ran.
Rowlestone Lad 7-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd before 3 out where not fluent, bumped before jumping right 2 out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Pearls Legend (11-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Tealissio 25-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, stumbled bady 4th, ridden and in 9th and struggling before 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Be All Man (10-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb.
Drussell (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Held up in rear, steady headway before 5th, not fluent 2 out, weakened flat, 7th of 10, 11l behind Pearls Legend (11-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Calaf 10-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Brick Red (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.
Our Choice (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, led after 8th, jumped left 2 out, soon hard ridden and strongly challenged, just held on, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf in Aug '08 beating Scots Dragoon (10-11) by ns, 8 ran.
Occasionally Yours (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, bad mistake and lost place 1st, rider having tack problems and pulled up after next, in a race won by Lord Grantham (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd, 16 ran.
Tayarat (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Led, headed 4th, pushed along before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 11, 15l behind King Fingal (11-1) at Catterick 2m sell hdl (5) gd.