PHOENIX FLIGHT has already shown a decent level of form over hurdles. He jumps and stays well and may well be capable of defying his penalty here. Candelita deserves respect despite failing to follow up her Ffos Las win at Wetherby last time but Whistling Senator may need more time and Final Cast has plenty to prove on what he's shown so far. Newcomers Rowan Tiger and Cane Cat have both won on the Flat and a market move for either would be interesting given the lack of any strength in depth among those with experience.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Led to 4th, led again 5th, clear and jumped left 2 out, eased heavily last 100 yards, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in May beating Magic Prospect (10-10) by 14l, 8 ran.
Billy Blade 20-1 (10-12) In rear, jumped first slow, hit 2nd, weakened before 3 out, last of 8, well behind Christopher Wren (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Candelita 9-2 (11-3) Mid-division, tracked leaders 4 out, outpaced next, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 11, 18l behind Doynosaur (10-10) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Rowan Tiger 16-1 (9-7) Prominent, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 12, 2l behind Art Scholar (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct (flat).
Whistling Senator (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Slowly away, in rear and detached, some headway from 4th, tailed off from 4 out, 7th of 8, well behind Watergate Bay (10-9) at Taunton 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Cane Cat (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Towards rear, headway between horses over 2f out, stayed on to modest 3rd over 1f out, kept on to press for 2nd, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Megalala (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Final Cast 20-1 (10-2) Led, not fluent 1st or 4th, headed and mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 45l behind Flemi Two Toes (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Jasmin Rai 100-1 (10-0) Chased leader, pushed along before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 19l behind Christopher Wren (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Muzey's Princess 150-1 (10-5) In last pair, mistake and ridden 7th, soon lost touch in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Minella Bliss (10-7) at Hereford 3m 2f 4yo nov stks (4) gd in Jun, 7 ran.