Gone Forever is facing a tougher task than when winning at Catterick last month. He should be in the mix once again but MONBEG THEATRE may prove too good. The latter improved from his debut to claim second place behind Call Me Vic at Warwick last time and can go on better. Both Arden Dennis and Orby's Man won point-to-point events in November and make their debuts under Rules, while Astaroland wasn't beaten far when third at Sedgefield on his racecourse bow. Sir Safir has has plenty to find with Gone Forever.
Arden Denis (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Ld to 4th, trkd ldr in 2nd, 2l 2nd from 4out until 3l 3rd aftr 3out, no impr when lft in ld last, so,fortunate, won at Affane 3m ire ptp in Nov beating Thanks In Advance (11-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Monbeg Theatre (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Kicked at the start, chased leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until 3f out, ridden and went 2nd again 2f out, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Call Me Vic (10-9) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Orby's Man (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Alw pr, ld 2out, rdn & row, won at Ballinaboola 3m ire ptp gd in Nov beating Take The Cash (11-9) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Periquest Overbury gelding out of Rippling Brook.
Singapore Story (FR) Sagacity gelding out of Vettorina.
Vortex Star 100-1 (10-13) Held up behind, struggling halfway, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Zeroeshadesofgrey (11-1) at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) sft in Jan.
Gone Forever 5-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead before 2f out, kept on well towards finish, won at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) hvy in Jan beating Rons Dream (9-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Flobury 100-1 (10-5) Held up in touch in mid-division, closec 11f out, weakened over 5f out, 11th of 13, well behind Battle Born (10-12) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Astaroland (FR) 9-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, soon chasing leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Master Dee (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Sir Safir 6-1 (10-2) Held up behind, headway before 5f out, chased leaders before 3f out, weakened before 1f out, 5th of 9, 13l behind Gone Forever (10-0) at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) hvy in Jan.
Midnight Memories 14-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 8f out, outpaced 5f out, unable to get back on terms, 6th of 9, 9l behind Millicent Silver (10-12) at Warwick 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.