Ski Sunday is running well and deserves a change of luck. He has been raised 5lb since finishing third at Wetherby, however, which seems harsh. Consigliere won off a 10lb higher mark over fences at Ayr so is potentially well handicapped while Cocacobana should improve for his run over course and distance last month, though has some ground to make up on THE BEAR TRAP. McCoy gave the Rebecca Curtis runner a masterful ride that day and he barely knew he'd been in a race. Though 11lb higher now, a follow up looks a distinct possibility. Dawn Twister is still a bit keen and may get outstayed by a few of these with the Anthony Middleton pair Snake Charmer and American Life worthy of a second look at bigger odds.
Shalone 33-1 (11-9) Held up in rear but in touch, headway after 2 out, weakening when blundered last, tailed off, last of 8, 47l behind Alpha Victor (11-8) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec.
Ski Sunday 6-4fav (11-10) Prominent, ridden and one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Neptune Equester (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Consigliere (FR) 9-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced in 5th at 12th, rallied to challenge 4 out, led soon after, hit 3 out, driven and stayed on well from next, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) sft in Jan beating Rich Lord (10-12) by 9l, 8 ran.
Siberian Tiger (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway approaching 14th, chased leaders 4 out, weakening when jumped left last, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 6, 19l behind Benheir (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Grafite 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, tracked leaders 5th, lost place after 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Herdsman (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan, 9 ran.
Well Hello There (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Prominent, lost place before 3 out, not much room briefly approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 43l behind Master Of The Sea (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Cocacobana (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, slightly outpaced when not fluent 6th, rallied next, close up when stumbled just before 2 out, 4th and beaten when not fluent last, 4th of 9, 13l behind The Bear Trap (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Dawn Twister (GER) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 3 out, effort next, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Minella Special (10-8) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Jumps Road 11-2 (11-0) Held up, hit 1st, not fluent 3rd, headway after next, lost place 5th, well held after, hit 2 out, 5th of 8, 17l behind Rody (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
The Bear Trap (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway aapproaching 3 out, challenged on bit last, soon led, cheekily, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Hassadin (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Snake Charmer 50-1 (10-12) Slowly away, mid-division on outside, ridden and lost place after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 10, 37l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Kaylif Aramis 14-1 (11-4) In touch, headway to chase leaders 3 out, every chance 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, ridden before last, lost 2nd run in, no extra and lost 2 places towards finish, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind De La Bech (11-12) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
American Life (FR) 25-1 (10-0) Held up in last pair, headway into mid-division on outside after 4th, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 10, 13l behind Gevrey Chambertin (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Dune Shine 2-1fav (11-3) Tracked leader who went well clear after 2nd, ridden and no impression when losing 2nd 3 out, left 3rd next, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Maccabees (10-7) at Leicester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft in Jan.