Unwanted Gift, Summer Swing and Watchmaker all look worth taking on here while consistency isn't the strongpoint of Kinkeel, though he did finish second over C&D off this mark nine days ago. The veteran was pulled up when BOHEMIAN ROCK won over a similar trip at Towcester last month, however, and will struggle to get the better of Caroline Bailey's charge here even though the latter is now 6lb higher and was well beaten off today's mark over 2m4f at the same track subsequently. Star Galaxy looks to have plenty to do under top weight but Phoenix Des Mottes has made the frame in his last two starts, though is an infrequent winner.
Star Galaxy (IRE) 28-1 (10-4) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway 5th, close 3rd last, one pace and no impression flat, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Arctic Ben (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Unwanted Gift (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) In rear, headway to track leaders 7th, weakened 3 out, last of 8, well behind O Crotaigh (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Summer Swing (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Towards rear, pushed along after 4th, behind after 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Classical Mist (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Bohemian Rock 11-4 (10-0) Behind, headway before 7th, mistake 9th, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 37l behind Pensnett Bay (10-11) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Watchmaker 14-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, slow 4th and 5th, mistake 11th, chased leaders 13th, weakened after next, blundered and unseated rider 16th, in a race won by Merry Terry (11-12) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Aug, 5 ran.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 7-2 (9-7) Led until approaching 2nd, stayed handy, no impression in 3rd after 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 9l behind The Laodicean (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Dec.
Kinkeel (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, challenged 11th, led after 3 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind My Faithful Annie (9-13) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft.