Course and distance winner William Hogarth is thrown in on his best form but it's a very long time since he actually got his head in front, though didn't run badly on the all-weather last month. Commitment's runs in the autumn suggest he's too high in the weights but Kapricorne has claims on his latest third at Chepstow and makes more appeal than Prince Pippin and Crazy Jane. HEURTEVENT was quietly fancied when finishing a place ahead of Chankillo at Taunton 12 days ago. He was staying on well at the death so the longer trip should suit and he may be the one to beat.
Commitment 11-2 (11-5) Mid-division, headway 7th, soon chased leader, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 11, 19l behind Tigresse Bleue (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Prince Pippin (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In touch in mid-division, mistake 2nd, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Jimmy The Jetplane (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 13 ran.
William Hogarth 14-1 (11-8) Held up in touch on outside, ridden and lost place before 6th, no extra 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Jigsaw Financial (10-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.
Heurtevent (FR) 5-1 (11-6) Behind, slow 3rd, headway 2 out, ran on after last, never nearer, 4th of 15, 11l behind Tiradia (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Chankillo 25-1 (11-3) Tracked clear leader, left in lead at 4th, headed 4 out, rallied after next, no extra approaching last, 5th of 15, 12l behind Tiradia (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Kapricorne (FR) 7-2 (10-2) Held up in rear, steady headway in 5th before 4 out, soon switched right, stayed on to 3rd between last 2, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Earcomesthedream (11-0) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.
Crazy Jane (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened after 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Cloudante (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.