Trainer Patrick Haslam clearly has an affinity with this race having won it for the past three seasons but we'll take on his entry this year, Green Day Packer, with HARLEQUINN DANSEUR. The Gary Moore-trained selection is open to improvement and receives plenty of weight from the Haslam inmate here. He handles some cut in the ground and has shown enough in two runs over hurdles to suggest that he can get off the mark here. Green Day Packer would prefer faster ground and of course he also has that weight differential to cope with and logic says that he must be opposed. Goldan Jess is well in at these weights and if he can run to anything like his official rating then he would have a very good chance, but he may be overrated and like all of these consistency is not his strong suit. A P McCoy is booked for Deadline, which may well help his cause and if he could reproduce his Sedgefield effort from September then he'd be involved, but there are doubts over the ground for him. Titfer is rated around 50 on the flat, which would give him a squeak here if he takes to hurdles and with his trainer Tony Carroll doing well in this sphere take a look at the market for some more clues, but without that knowledge we'll side with Harlequinn Danseur.
Dansilver 28-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, raced keenly, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up 3 out in race won by Insignia (10-12) at Stratford 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gd in Oct, 14 ran.
Green Day Packer (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Chased winner to 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 33l behind Film Festival (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Deadline (UAE) 22-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, never troubled leaders, 10th of 13, 30l behind First Point (11-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Oct.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, behind from 3 out, 11th of 13, 33l behind First Point (11-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Oct.
Kadouchski (FR) 200-1 (10-5) Mid-division, ridden after 4th, soon struggling, 6th of 13, well behind Beherayn (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Standing Order 15-2 (10-8) Prominent 4f, soon dropped out and pulled up in race won by Megasue (10-7) at Worcester 2m nhf (5) gd in Aug, 11 ran.
Gainsborough's Art (IRE) 125-1 (10-9) Pulled hard, headway when not fluent 3rd, hit 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 41l behind Resounding Glory (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Harlequinn Danseur (IRE) 3-1 (10-10) Mid-division and keen, headway and mistake 5th, tracked winner from 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Bathwick Man (11-0) at Plumpton 2m nov clm hdl (5) gs.
Titfer (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Led, headed over 4f out, ridden and weakened 3f out, last of 10, 31l behind Sabre Light (8-9) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo clm (6) pol in Oct (Flat).
Waarid 33-1 (10-12) Behind, mistake and driven 2nd, struggling 3 out, one pace after, 5th of 11, 41l behind Woolfall Treasure (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Sept.