Theologist may just need this but was a progressive stayer a couple of years ago. DREAMSOFTHEATRE won twice over this trip at Newton Abbot in the summer and may have another victory in him, despite another 6lb rise, as he gets on well with Maurice Linehan. Brackloon High and Royal Native also stay well but lack a recent outing, as does Bally Rone, while So Fine is treading water off his current mark. Red Not Blue needs some help from the handicapper.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led and set steady pace, driven before 3 out, headed narrowly soon after, ridden between last 2, kept on and every chance until no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Ogee (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Theologist (IRE) 7-1 (9-13) Took keen hold, chased leader, led 8th, hit 3 out and narrowly headed, pressed leader, upsides last, stayed on gamely to lead again final 100 yards, won at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan '12 beating Tour Des Champs (9-12) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
So Fine (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Chased winner, every chance when hit 3 out, lost 2nd before 2 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, 8l behind Aimigayle (10-5) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Sep.
Brackloon High (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) In touch, jumped right 2nd, slow 14th and 15th, effort next, mistake 5 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 33l behind Vino Griego (11-3) at Ascot 3m lstd hcp chs (1) sft in Feb.
Bally Rone (IRE) 3-1 (10-11) In touch on outside, edged left after 4 out, soon ridden and outpaced in 4th, no chance with leading trio before next, 4th of 5, 35l behind Life And Soul (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in May.
Dreamsoftheatre (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Held up, not fluent 2nd, headway when not fluent 4 out, soon outpaced, rallied approaching 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 3m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gf in Aug beating Southway Queen (9-9) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Royal Native (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Chased clear leader, closing when lost 2nd before mistake 4 out, chased leading pair, stayed on to 2nd and kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Uncle Jimmy (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.