Alex Dunn managed to win a claimer with Arrayan at Taunton last season and he goes well on an easy surface. The gelding has finished tailed off on his reappearance, however. SMART MONEY has been raised a couple of pounds since his comeback second behind Tealissio here last month but that's the best recent form on offer and Venetia Williams' six-year-old can go one better today. Swampfire probably needed his run at Sandown and could run into a place but the novice Even If is only making slow progress and both Kilavalley and Phantom Prince have been off for a while.
Swampfire (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Held up in touch in mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Hawkhill (11-7) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Nov.
Kilavalley (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Soon close up and disputed lead, dropped to 3rd from before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 17l behind Luna Runner (11-0) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase gf in Jun.
Phantom Prince (IRE) 5-4fav (10-6) Chased leaders, ridden to chase winner before 2 out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Catch The Rhythm (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May.
Expanding Universe (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Prominent, lost place 4 out, behind from next, 16th of 19, 37l behind Quick Jack (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Smart Money (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd after 2nd, led next, driven before last, no extra and headed final 150 yards, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Tealissio (11-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Even If 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 3rd, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Doctor Harper (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Arrayan 10-1 (11-0) Jumped badly, took keen hold tracking leaders, headway to lead 5th until approaching next, chased leader, mistake and rider lost iron briefly 8th, blundered 3 out, soon weakened, blundered last, last of 6, 38l behind Invicta Lake (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Reggie Perrin 12-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, pushed along before 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 10l behind Bollin Judith (11-9) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Nov.
Downtown Manhattan (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Keen early, in touch, lost place when not fluent 3 out, weakened next, 10th of 11, 41l behind Amore Alato (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Nov.
Was My Valentine 20-1 (10-0) Raced and prominent, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 13th of 15, well behind Willow's Saviour (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Beau Lake (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders and raced wide, not that fluent and sometimes jumped right, lost place 3rd, well behind after 5th, tailed off, 5th of 9, 50l behind Proud Times (11-3) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.