French raider Albert Hall has had three runs on the Flat since completing his hat-trick over hurdles at Vichy in August. Blinkers could help wake up the useful Bourne while Dildar has plenty of scope and is unlikely to be inconvenienced by the fact that this is his first run of the campaign. Ivor's King was in great form in the autumn but All The Aces looks high enough in the weights and Able Deputy fell when favourite at Haydock on Saturday. SCORCHED SON has a penalty for his victory at Ffos Las 10 days ago but the ground is in his favour again and, if back to his best, he may take some stopping here.
Bourne 9-2 (11-0) Mid-division, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, ridden and lost place 3 out, soon well beaten, 9th of 10, 13l behind Petit Robin (11-9) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Nov.
Chesil Beach Boy 7-1 (10-5) Led and clear until 4th, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Petit Robin (11-9) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Nov.
All The Aces (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before 4 out, 15th of 19, 48l behind Red Merlin (11-3) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in May.
Scorched Son (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, led before 3 out, driven clear next, soon in command, eased near finish, won at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy beating Street Dance (11-2) by 18l, 7 ran.
Albert Hall (USA) (10-10) won at Vichy(FR) 2m 3f hdl gs in Aug beating Bambi Du Rheu (10-12) by 10l, 11 ran.
Dildar (IRE) 15-8 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Lexi's Boy (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4yo hdl (3) gd in Apr.
Able Deputy 11-4fav (11-5) Held up in rear when fell 1st, in a race won by Ballybriggan (11-10) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy, 9 ran.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, never on terms, 9th of 12, 33l behind General Ting (10-3) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Harry Tricker 9-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, went 4th before 3 out, soon pushed along, outpaced before 2 out, kept on to chase winner flat, no impression, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Saticon (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Ivor's King (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Led, raced freely, headed when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 23l behind African Gold (11-10) at Newbury 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Double Handful (GER) 33-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division, headway from 3 out, ridden in 7th entering straight, kept on without threatening, 5th of 25, 17l behind Snap Tie (11-9) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gs in Apr.
Scottish Boogie (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway halfway, every chance 2 out, mistake last, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Tanerko Emery (12-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.