DIAMOND ECLIPSE gets the nod on his handicap debut. Nick Williams' gelding is only four but he looks fairly-treated on 91 judging by his final run at Wincanton behind Marc Aurele. Dusk is a chaser and might just need this run, so a bigger threat may emerge from top-weight Coeur Broule despite a 5lb rise for his Plumpton third. Alan King's horses are flying so the returning Midnight Appeal is respected, alongside course winner Musical Wedge and the interesting Irish recruit Back The Rock. Monsieur Cadou is the other to mention in a weak heat like this.
Coeur Brule (FR) 9-1 (10-9) Mid-division on outside, headway to track leading pair 7th, outpaced when hung right after 4 out, ridden after next, kept on under pressure from 2 out, 3rd of 12, 2l behind Strumble Head (10-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Sep.
Midnight Appeal 14-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway 6th, ridden after 4 out, weakened 3 out, 7th of 11, 48l behind Quo Video (11-11) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Apr.
Perkin Warbeck 12-1 (11-9) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 15, 28l behind Guydus (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Musical Wedge 50-1 (10-3) In touch on outside, chased leader 4 out to before next, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 17, well behind Corso Palladio (11-0) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Oct.
Back The Rock (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, reminders 2nd, ridden and no impression from 4 out, 10th of 16, 25l behind Cylindar Rattler (11-2) at Wexford 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Everyman 50-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling from 6th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Ruby Valentine (10-3) at Hereford 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs, 15 ran.
Monsieur Cadou (FR) 13-2 (10-9) Mid-division, rear when not fluent 8th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 13, 23l behind Victors Serenade (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
The Gripper (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Island Wood (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs in Oct, 16 ran.
Witch's Hat (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 9th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Kathleens Pride (11-6) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.
Royal Entourage 13-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, reminders after 5th, outpaced 4 out, rallied 2 out, stayed on, no impression, 4th of 14, 16l behind Zahara Joy (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Diamond Eclipse (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) Led to 1st, tracked winner until 4th, in rear from next, pushed along in 3rd approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 4, 24l behind Marc Aurele (10-5) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Dusk 5-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 9th, slow jump next, hit 11th, badly hampered 13th, not really recover, behind when blundered 3 out and pulled up before next, in a race won by Fine Parchment (11-2) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov '09, 10 ran.
Tiffany Jones 25-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway 4th, wandered 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Spock (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Baraquet 80-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, held up in rear, 8th when jumped left 3 out, no impression, 8th of 18, 28l behind Dare Me (11-4) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) sft.
Constant Cupid (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Held up in mid-division, effort 3out, ran on from 3 out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Tarabela (10-11) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr.
Chaser's War (IRE) 125-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, hit 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 11, well behind Stolen Thunder (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.