LEVIATHAN ran a very promising race at Uttoxeter 11 days ago, only weakening at the last having travelled well throughout. The handicapper has rather harshly raised him a pound for that but Venetia Williams' charge looks to be approaching peak fitness and loves soft ground. He's preferred to the hat-trick-seeking Zaplamation and Smadynium, who only won by a neck at Catterick and is 7lb higher now. Bob's World showed a bit more here last time but Trucking Along and Radmores Revenge are high enough in the weights now. Tara Muck may need more time.
Trucking Along (IRE) 40-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway 2 out, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 12l behind More Of That (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Radmores Revenge 33-1 (10-13) Always in last trio, 11th of 13, 19l behind Deep Trouble (10-11) at Sandown 2m Listed hcp hdl (1) gs.
Zaplamation (IRE) 3-1fav (10-1) Held up mid-division, ridden and headway before last, soon went 2nd, kept on to lead close home, won at Wetherby 2m (3) gs beating Pas Trop Tard (10-13) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Leviathan 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led after 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra and lost 3rd close home, 4th of 11, 7l behind Ut Majeur Aulmes (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Smadynium (FR) 4-1 (11-6) Pressed leader, led 3rd, made rest, pushed along and joined last, strongly pressed flat, found extra in closing stages, won at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Aficionado (10-1) by nk, 9 ran.
Bob's World 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, blundered 5th, outpaced after 4 out, stayed on approaching last, never nearer, 4th of 12, 4l behind Moujik Borget (11-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Hartside (GER) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, outpaced after 4th, ridden and headway approaching 2 out, driven and stayed on run in, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Favorite Girl (10-7) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Pertemps Networks 33-1 (10-9) Towards rear, pecked 3rd, never dangerous, last of 9, well behind Zaplamation (10-1) at Wetherby 2m (3) gs.
Tara Muck 9-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, closed 4th, close 3rd when not much room and switched left before last, stayed on flat, unable to challenge, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lady Charisma (10-12) at Towcester 2m (4) gs in Nov.