Kettlewell has won a couple of novice events at Stratford lately but doesn't look particularly well handicapped here. Makari is interesting, however, as he goes well fresh and should have more to offer after just three starts over timber. Not Til Monday won at Stratford and Fakenham in the spring, though both races were sellers. But he does act on soft ground, as does Mr Lando who is fit from the Flat. ZAFRANAGAR used to be with the latter's trainer, Tony Carroll, but is now handled by Ian Williams. The eight-year-old is very leniently treated on his first start for his new yard, who won this last year, and could pop up at decent odds as the maiden Daliance is still creeping up the weights.
Dealing River 20-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, some headway 7th, never on terms, mistake 3 out, 10th of 15, 28l behind Lovey Dovey (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Sep.
Not Til Monday (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, ridden and not keen before 5th, gave up next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Descaro (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gd in Jun, 6 ran.
Kettlewell 4-1 (11-5) Not always fluent, made all, clear until after 3 out, hit 2 out, ridden clear again before last, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep beating L Frank Baum (10-12) by 9l, 9 ran.
Makari 11-8fav (11-12) Mid-division, mistake 1st, headway before 4th, mistake next, ridden in 4th and one pace when not fluent 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 16, 20l behind Musnad (10-9) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Hartside (GER) 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 7th of 8, 26l behind Tidal Way (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Mr Lando 10-1 (10-11) Led and keen, soon well clear until 5th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 49l behind Discovery Bay (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Apr.
Daliance (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) In touch, headway 3 out, went 2nd before next, ridden last, kept on flat, always held, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Oliver's Gold (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
Zafranagar (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st or 5th, soon ridden, well beaten 3 out, 12th of 13, 44l behind Meganisi (10-10) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Mar.
Twoways (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up behind, reminders after 5th, driven and outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 8th of 9, 20l behind Bittersweetheart (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gf in Jun.
Eighteen Carat (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Chased leader, dropped to rear and reminders 7th, pulled up 9th, in a race won by First Fandango (10-11) at Fakenham 3m beg chs (3) gs in Nov, 5 ran.
Royal Defence (IRE) 18-1 (10-12) Tracked winner until 3 out, soon weakened, mistake 2 out, last of 3, 18l behind Koultas King (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.