SKYLANCER drops into this grade for the first time and, greatly favoured by the weights, should prove hard to beat despite disappointing a little since joining Tim Vaughan. The Aberthin handler also saddles Flemensgael, who was second at Plumpton in October, but a bigger danger may be Verde Goodwood who was third over C&D last month and is now visored. Marino Prince was third in a Market Rasen claimer back over hurdles last time and should improve on that but he has to concede weight all round here, though his young rider claims 7lb.
Marino Prince (FR) 28-1 (10-5) Close up, led 6th, ridden and headed between 3 out and 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Just Rob (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f clm hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Flemensgael (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th or 7th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Cotton Mill (10-7) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov, 12 ran.
Marafong 150-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off when went right 3 out, last of 7, well behind Platinum (11-8) at Ludlow 2m clm hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Northern Genes (AUS) 100-1 (11-0) Led into start, in rear, jumped slowly 4th, blundered and fell next, in a race won by Bin End (10-7) at Leicester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov, 10 ran.
Skylancer 9-2 (11-7) Raced wide, mistakes prominent, outpaced and in rear 6th, rallied 2 out, plugged on to go 4th flat, 4th of 9, 22l behind Simonside (10-8) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Verde Goodwood 10-1 (11-8) In rear, ridden 5th, behind next, ridden and headway approaching last, stayed on to go 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Catawollow (10-12) at Leicester 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gd in Nov.