Time Square had a run over hurdles last month and isn't badly treated on his form on Polytrack at the start of the year. Barachiel went close a couple of times in October but for sheer consistency, it's difficult to look beyond THE WONGA COUP. He's yet to win on an all-weather surface but this is arguably his best chance to date after a couple of recent near-misses and this is his trip. Beggers Belief needs a return to form but could figure if in the mood and both Edgware Road and Youm Jamil have place prospects.
Edgware Road 8-1 (10-2) Led narrowly, headed 6f out, lost place 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 15, 38l behind Kampai (10-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f amat hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Great Charm (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Stated slowly outpaced in rear, never on terms, 9th of 12, 12l behind Waking Warrior (9-2) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Oct.
Youm Jamil (USA) 11-2 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 7th of 11, 7l behind Azrag (10-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Barachiel 5-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Bladewood Girl (9-5) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Time Square (FR) 4-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear and keen, headway over 3f out on outer, challenged 2f out, soon ridden, kept on, 4th of 7, 1 1/4l behind Saint Thomas (8-11) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
The Wonga Coup (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Boonga Roogeta (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov.
Beggers Belief 25-1 (9-2) Tracked leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, well behind Kings Troop (9-6) at Newbury 1m 4f ladies hcap (5) hvy in Oct.
Jodawes (USA) 11-2 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 11, 25l behind Tawseef (9-4) at Brighton 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Oct.
Transfix 13-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 8, 10l behind Generalyse (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Calypso Magic (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear and keen, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 11l behind Chasin' Rainbows (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Tallevu (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Reminder soon after start, tracked leaders, hung left over 2f out, well beaten over 1f out, 7th of 13, 18l behind Grand Liaison (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Snowy Valley 33-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 4l behind Blue Deer (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-58 (6) pol in Oct.
High 'n Dry (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Reared badly leaving stalls, in rear and no chance after, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Kathleensluckylad (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Macy Anne (IRE) 11-2 (8-4) Held up in 5th, driven on inside 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 6l behind Saratoga Slew (8-13) at Kempton 7f 3yo flls hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug.