Crescent Beach was always travelling well when scoring over the course and distance, his first victory in 19 starts. The going that day was very fast so how he handles this ground is a matter of conjecture. Carli King has won on heavy ground between the flags in Ireland but hasn't had those conditions since joining Caroline Bailey. MEIRIG'S DREAM looks like a thorough stayer who will have his conditions here. He made a fair debut over fences at Uttoxeter and should be good enough. Phoenix Des Mottes has only been raised 2lb for scoring at Southwell and has won off higher marks in the past so has to be a threat despite being a couple of pounds out of the handicap while the maiden Lord Landen hails from a yard in good form and showed potential on his chasing debut at Towcester.
Carli King (IRE) 11-8fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, driven 3 out, no impression before next, left modest 3rd last, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Bill The Lad (10-7) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Lord Landen (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, not always fluent, headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, switched right before last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Classic Case (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Crescent Beach (IRE) 9-4 (11-3) Keen in touch, headway to press leader 4 out, led 2 out, driven out, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Dec beating Lodgician (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Thedreamstillalive (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 6th, not fluent 9th, lost place next, well behind before 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Last Shot (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Meirig's Dream (IRE) 9-2fav (10-4) Held up in touch in mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway 9th, chased winner approaching 3 out, no impression, jumped right and lost 2nd last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 9l behind River Purple (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Thorncliffer 11-4 (9-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, slow 11th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Acrai Rua (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Phoenix Des Mottes (FR) 16-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 14th, led next, ridden and hard pressed 3 out, headed narrowly last, rallied to regain lead near finish, won at Southwell 3m 2f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec beating Kilvergan Boy (10-6) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Bringewood Belle 11-2 (10-0) Pressed winner until 7th, soon ridden, not fluent 11th, struggling when left 2nd 4 out, 2nd of 5, 35l behind Ravens Brook (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Kevin Fancy (IRE) 40-1 (9-11) Led, headed 4 out, soon weakened, jumped left 3 out, last of 6, well behind Crescent Beach (11-3) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Dec.