ARRAYAN carries a penalty for his victory at Wincanton last Saturday but much of that is negated by his young rider's claim and the top weight looks a cut above his rivals here. Man Of Leisure's C&D second 10 days ago was a step up on previous efforts but he needs to build on that to go one better in this finale, while Monsieur had his limitations exposed off a 2lb lower mark over C&D last time. Sail And Return has been racing over further of late and may find things happening too quickly for him in this, though he does handle heavy ground.
Arrayan 9-4fav (10-5) Held up in touch, headway approaching 2 out, ridden to lead between last 2, stayed on flat, won at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft beating Royale's Charter (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Fight Club (GER) 16-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, held up in rear, some headway before 3 out, never dangerous, 8th of 16, 24l behind Bermuda Boy (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Sail And Return 15-2 (10-8) Tracked leader, led 4 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 17, well behind Prince Du Seuil (11-12) at Folkestone 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Don Jose (USA) 150-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in mid-division, hit 2nd, never on terms, 8th of 12, 30l behind Safran De Cotte (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Man Of Leisure 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 4th, soon led, not fluent next, ridden and headed after 2 out, jumped right last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Rawaaj (11-2) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Kielder Rise 9-1 (10-12) Chased leader until approaching 2nd, lost place 5th, soon behind, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Little Carmela (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f mares nov hcp hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Monsieur (FR) 11-2 (10-9) Held up in rear, pulled hard, headway approaching 3rd, challenged 5th, no impression when 2nd from 2 out until flat, one pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Marino Prince (11-1) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Sheezatreasure (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, weakened from 5th, tailed off, 7th of 10, 42l behind Nouailhas (10-11) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Thievery 9-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, fell 6th, in a race won by Handtheprizeover (11-12) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Arthurian (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside 5th, ridden after 8th, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 17, 47l behind Henry Hook (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Stage Right 25-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, hit 1st, weakened 4th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Ruby Valentine (10-3) at Hereford 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov, 15 ran.