Hardly an ideal getting out stakes but Quaddick Lake continues to defy the handicapper and is worth a tilt at this better prize money. Henry Hook should be winning soon off his current mark, if not today, while Loose Chips won over C&D last month and is another with decent claims along with McCoy's mount Bathwick Brave, only beaten a short-head at Aintree earlier this month, and the luckless Saint Roque. But Martin Keighley is adept at placing his handicappers and we expect a big run from the lightly-raced FAULTLESS FEELINGS, who returned from a lay-off to finish an excellent second over a similar trip at Newbury and still looks well treated. Filbert could also go well from near the foot of the weights but Valid Reason doesn't always find a great deal off the bridle.
Secret Edge 9-1 (11-9) Held up, headway 2nd, not fluent 6th, ridden 8th, no extra 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Bear's Affair (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Lightning Strike (GER) 12-1 (11-3) In touch, effort approaching 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up next, in a race won by Araldur (10-11) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft, 12 ran.
Lamps 11-4fav (11-1) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, every chance approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Grafite (10-2) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy.
Valid Reason 4-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, effort 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 6, 14l behind Lyvius (10-7) at Newbury 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) sft in Nov.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Took keen hold, held up off the pace in 5th, smooth headway approaching 2 out, chased leaders before last, ridden and stayed on to lead close home, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft beating Ulis De Vassy (10-13) by nk, 11 ran.
Loose Chips 4-1fav (11-12) Made all, driven out, held on well, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov beating Ski Sunday (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Henry Hook (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 5th, challenged 7th, led 10th, headed 2 out, no chance with winner, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 20l behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Ludlow 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Katkeau (FR) 7-1 (10-8) Held mid-division and keen, smooth headway after 4 out, in 5th and going well when blundered 3 out, not recover, 7th of 16, 25l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Bathwick Brave (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway after 8th, went 2nd from 2 out, challenged flat, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 13, shd behind Master Of The Sea (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Banyan Tree (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) In rear, ridden by-passing 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Quaddick Lake (10-8) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Cloudy Bob (IRE) 6-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, every chance 2 out, soon hard ridden, weakened last, 6th of 12, 12l behind Araldur (10-11) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft.
Saint Roque (FR) 9-2fav (10-13) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway and staying on just behind leaders when brought down 3 out, in a race won by Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov, 21 ran.
Faultless Feelings (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Always prominent, mistake 6th, every chance approaching 2 out, no extra flat, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind African Gold (11-10) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Filbert (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out until driven along before 2 out, mistake 2 out, no impression and lost 3rd flat, 4th of 17, 21l behind Lamps (11-9) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Dune Shine 14-1 (9-13) Tracked leader, weakened 3 out, last of 9, well behind Grafite (10-2) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy.