Ashdown Lad, a winner on the Flat here in May, has steadily improved over timber and makes his handicap debut after landing a maiden at Plumpton. ZAFRANAGAR was well supported in a similar class race to this on his reappearance at Wetherby and though having every chance he faded from the last. He returned there on Saturday and was beaten a short-head by Zaplamation so looks the one to beat. Canadian Diamond ran his best race to date when runner-up at Cheltenham last month and has to be respected as he's only 3lb higher than for his latest success and though Santo Thomas is returning from a very long break his stable is quite capable of getting one ready. Travis County is still a maiden over hurdles but has gone close on a couple of occasions and is one to keep an eye on.
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, no impression on winner last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 7l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Ashdown Lad 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, mistake and went 2nd 6th, ridden before 2 out, challenged last, driven to lead flat, stayed on, won at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy beating Auld Sthock (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Heurtevent (FR) 66-1 (11-3) Mid-division, lost place 6th, soon behind, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Magnifique Etoile (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Oct.
Ourmanmassini (IRE) 6-1fav (11-9) Raced wide towards rear, pushed along 4 out, some headway into mid-division and edged right from 2 out, soon no impression, 7th of 15, 30l behind Willow's Saviour (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Pippa Greene 5-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 15, 15l behind Hartside (10-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Santo Thomas (FR) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead and not fluent 2 out, hit last, kept on, driven out, won at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in May '12 beating Martial Law (11-11) by 2 1/4l, 5 ran.
Drussell (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up in last pair in touch, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon no impression, weakened from next, 8th of 10, well behind Saint Roque (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Zafranagar (IRE) 11-2fav (9-12) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, led 3 out, kept on and caught close home, 2nd of 13, shd behind Zaplamation (10-4) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Tealissio 16-1 (11-2) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 5th until 3 out, weakened quickly soon after and eased, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Capellanus (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Travis County (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear and pulled hard, headway to join leader after 3rd, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 9l behind Hartside (10-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Bathcounty (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 2f out, about a length up when fell last, in a race won by Ivebeenthinking (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct, 16 ran.
King Zeal (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Chased leader, weakened before 3 out, 12th of 15, 24l behind Hartside (10-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.