With so many races here seeming very open it's a bit of a relief to give a strong selection to the Evan Williams-trained GOLDEN FEATHER, with L'Eau Du Nil and Bathwick Man fancied for places. The selection was on a really impressive run of form before he unseated his pilot in a listed race last time. The six-year-old returns to the class which bought him three victories on the bounce in September but more importantly is back now to a mark two pounds lower than the last of those wins. With the jockey also taking some weight off and the gelding loving these conditions he should have the measure of these. L'Eau Du Nil was an impressive winner last time and won with enough in hand to suggest that the seven-pound penalty applied here should be too much of a burden. It's a quick turnaround for the gelding but a share of the prize money should be well within his grasp. David Pipe's Bathwick Man steps up in class after scoring with plenty in hand last time out. He's given plenty of chance to repeat his trip to the winner's enclosure racing off a lower mark but will have to find a bit more to beat the selection. Golden Duck is given a claim off a mark three pounds lower than his last winning rating but finishing races has been a problem recently and Golden Feather should prove too good for the lot of them.
Our Jim 9-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, hit 1st, hit 5 out, ridden after 4 out, weakened from next, eased last, 9th of 10, 41l behind Solway Minstrel (10-10) at Haydock 3m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Nov.
Querido (USA) 16-1 (11-3) Towards rear, progress into 6th 3 out, ridden and weakened before straight, 8th of 16, 24l behind Klassy (10-11) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 0-116 gd in May.
Golden Feather 7-1 (9-9) Held up, blundered and unseated rider at the 7th in race won by Bleu Superbe (10-6) at Ascot 2m 1f lst hcp chs (1) gd in Nov, 13 ran.
Equity Release (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Hit 1st, led 2nd until 4th, led narrowly 3 out, mistake and headed 2 out, weakened before last, 11th of 19, 13l behind Sunnyhillboy (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Oscar Gogo (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, pecked 6th, effort after 7th, weakened next, 3rd of 7, 30l behind Richard's Sundance (11-8) at Exeter 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov.
Six Day War (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Behind, reminders after 4th, struggling badly when jumped right next, last of 9, well behind Saltrash (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jul.
Silver Adonis (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Behind when fell 5 out in race won by Mick Jerome (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov, 10 ran.
Vintage Fabric (USA) 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway approaching 7th, close 4th and ridden approaching 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 16, 10l behind Charles Street (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Thebelloftheball 10-1 (11-3) In touch, headway 2nd, ridden after 5th, kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Alasao (11-3) at Exeter 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
I'm The Decider (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 6th of 14, 8l behind Busker Royal (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Deep Pockets (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, clear next, hit last, ridden out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr beating Fairlight Shadow (11-12) by 17l, 16 ran.
The Composer 50-1 (11-2) In touch, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 15, 21l behind Hibiki (10-13) at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
L'Eau Du Nil (FR) 2-1 (10-12) Led, hung right on bend after 4th and headed, led again 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, challenging leader last when left clear, won at Chepstow 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gs in Nov beating Fishguard Filly (10-0) by 14l, 7 ran.
Bathwick Man 6-4fav (11-0) Made all, ridden along 4 out, quickened 3 out, ran on, won at Plumpton 2m nov clm hdl (5) gs in Nov beating Harlequinn Danseur (10-10) by 8l, 9 ran.
Dabaratsa (FR) 10-3fav (10-10) In touch, ridden and weakened 3 out, 7th of 14, 46l behind Tootsie Too (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Golden Duck (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Always behind, weakened from 11th and pulled up 2 out in race won by Cavers Glen (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Something Inside (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Always behind, weakened 5th and pulled up 2 out in race won by I'm A Legend (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Sashenka 20-1 (11-12) Led, hit 7th, headed after next, weakened approaching 3 out, 4th of 15, 43l behind Old Brigade (10-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.