Focail Maith and Figaro are the least exposed of these but the latter may have been a bit flattered by his proximity to Captain Cutter here last time. Andreo Bambaleo usually goes well here but a further drop in distance is a bit of a worry. Dormouse and Bowie are running well enough to get involved but Welsh Bard hasn't raced for a while and Ourmanmassini is expected to take up an engagement at Kempton. KEEL HAUL had just been headed when hampered two out at Aintree last time but kept on for third and this looks a lesser contest. He's taken to recoup losses as, taking into account riders' claims, he receives more than a stone from Red Admirable.
Red Admirable (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, closed from 5th, weakened after 3 out, last of 11, 36l behind If In Doubt (11-8) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Dormouse 16-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 6th, chased leaders 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Swinging Hawk (10-11) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Focail Maith 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on same pace, 5th of 16, 6l behind Wadswick Court (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Bowie (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 12l behind If In Doubt (11-8) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Welsh Bard (IRE) 15-8fav (11-4) Led, not fluent 6th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 38l behind Unex Canaletto (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Ourmanmassini (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) In touch, ridden and lost place before 5th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, went 4th last, no chance with leaders, 4th of 11, 13l behind Zafranagar (10-5) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Andreo Bambaleo 4-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, hampered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Shimla Dawn (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs, 8 ran.
Figaro 4-1 (10-9) Led until 5th, led again next, hit 3 out, strongly challenged when mistake next, headed after last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Captain Cutter (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
King Zeal (IRE) 7-2fav (10-3) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Ut Majeur Aulmes (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs, 11 ran.
Keel Haul (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, challenged after 8th, led 3 out, headed and hampered next, one pace flat, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Tantamount (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (3) sft.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Always behind, tailed off 8th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by More Of That (11-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Kilflora 10-1 (11-0) Led to 3rd, with leaders, lost place 10th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Hollins (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy, 8 ran.