General Ting landed a double at the start of the month and has a 9lb rise to contend with. He's still not out of this as he drops down a grade but TRIP THE LIGHT is also dropped in class and he's just preferred. He responded well to first-time blinkers when runner-up at Stratford and should make another bold bid here. Minsky Mine is another down in class after a third to Open Day over C&D and should go well along with the returning Sacrilege, a winner at Fontwell in May. Ballybriggan and Top Wood disappointed on their latest starts but are not easily dismissed representing powerful yards.
Colebrooke 25-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 7th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 14, 30l behind Trustan Times (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Ballybriggan (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 22, 22l behind Eradicate (11-5) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in May '11.
Top Wood (FR) 5-1 (11-1) Pressed leader and clear of rest, led 5th, hit next, ridden and headed after 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 16th of 21, well behind Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Snake Charmer 14-1 (10-0) Mid-division, outpaced after 9th, not fluent 2 out, stayed on approaching last, closing on leaders towards finish, 4th of 9, 3l behind Paint The Clouds (10-7) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gf in Oct '11.
Trip The Light 8-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased winner next, ridden and effort approaching last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Harry Hunt (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Red Hot Poker 4-1 (11-8) In rear, blundered 7th, no chance after, 7th of 8, 46l behind Likearollingstone (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
General Ting (IRE) 5-2fav (10-3) Made virtually all, joined and pressed fom 2 out, kept narrow advantage, stayed on gamely to assert final 75 yards, won at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov beating Valid Reason (11-11) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Violets Boy (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, well behind Romeo Americo (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Nemo Spirit (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Close up in 5th, mistake and weakened 6th, behind and mistake 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Nagpur (11-5) at Lingfield 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Sacrilege 25-1 (10-12) Ridden briefly from start, chased leaders, took keen hold and led after 3rd, idled and headed before 2 out and dropped to 3rd, rallied to lead again last, hung right flat, held on, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May beating Romeo Americo (11-1) by hd, 11 ran.
Bobcatbilly (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, closer order after 5th, ridden after 3 out, no impression next, 5th and beaten when fell last, in a race won by Hildisvini (11-8) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
Minsky Mine (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Prominent, every chance bypassing normal 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Open Day (11-2) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Bin End 8-1 (10-10) Mid-division, driven and headway after 3rd, soon chasing leaders, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, modest 3rd, 3rd of 12, 22l behind Oscar Hill (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m clm hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Struanmore 40-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 4th, not fluent and reminders 6th, weakened next, tailed off 8th, pulled up after, in a race won by What A Warrior (11-6) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar, 12 ran.