Pension Plan and Ballyculla both arrive on a hat-trick. The pair are rocketing up the weights but Gavin Sheehan takes 3lb off the latter, who likes soft ground. Cross Kennon has been a grand servant to connections and should be thereabouts again while Pineau De Re came up against a well-handicapped rival at Carlisle last Sunday. Hada Men likes it here and can also play a part but Tweedledrum has alternative engagement in the Long Walk at Ascot, where some big place money is on offer. SAUSALITO SUNRISE is an imposing individual and still heading in the right direction having easily got off the mark at Chepstow. He can defy a 9lb rise in the weights.
Pension Plan 7-2 (11-10) Held up, slightly hampered 1st, headway 5th, led 2 out, hit 2 out, clear approaching last, eased towards finish, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov beating Victors Serenade (11-9) by 19l, 6 ran.
Cross Kennon (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Led, tended to jump right, ridden and headed before last when went right, no extra flat, just held on for 4th, 4th of 17, 4l behind Return Spring (9-13) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gd in Nov.
Pineau De Re (FR) 7-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, good headway 2 out, challenged winner and every chance last, ridden and found nil flat, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Kaki De La Pree (10-6) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Ballyculla (IRE) 6-4fav (11-8) Tracked leaders on outside, mistake 6th, challenged 3 out, soon led narrowly, mistake 2nd, stayed on to draw clear final 150 yards, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov beating Awaywiththegreys (11-12) by 4l, 6 ran.
Aegean Dawn 14-1 (11-5) Held up rear of mid-division, headway approaching and hit 3 out, chased leaders approaching next, ridden between last 2, weakened soon after, 10th of 17, 18l behind Vendor (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Hada Men (USA) 17-2 (11-7) Chased leaders early, lost place before 2nd, soon behind, 7th of 9, 45l behind Alderley Rover (10-13) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 8-11fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led when not fluent 2 out, clear last, ridden out flat, won at Chepstow 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Kris Spin (10-12) by 3l, 7 ran.
Manballandall (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 5 out, kept on one pace from 3 out, 4th of 13, 25l behind Minella For Steak (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Nov.
Matthew Riley (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Always behind, 10th of 12, 13l behind More Of That (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Tweedledrum 15-8fav (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 2 out, led run-in, kept on well, won at Plumpton 3m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd beating Cannon Fodder (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Big Society (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, mistake and dropped to mid-division 3rd, ridden to chase leaders 4 out, weakened 2 out, 9th of 13, 46l behind Moorlands Mist (10-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.