Less than two lengths separated BLADES LAD and Docs Legacy behind Totalize over C&D last month but Peter Niven's charge should confirm the form and can go one better today. James Ewart has acquired a useful prospect in Rockawango, who won a Listed hurdle at Auteuil in September for Yann-Marie Porzier, while Jonny Delta was third on soft ground over 2m on the Flat here in October and also placed behind the promising Buthelezi over hurdles at Aintree last month. He looks the pick of the remainder.
Rockawango (FR) (10-12) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f hdl gs in Sep beating Vitex (10-3) by 8l, 13 ran.
Cayman Islands 14-1 (11-0) Led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 11, 14l behind Moscow Presents (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Investissement 13-2 (10-12) Held up, headway on outside 5th, slightly outpaced when mistake 6th, disputing 6th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Tominator (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Jonny Delta 5-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, headway next, 4th and beaten 2 out, soon left 3rd, weakened before last, 3rd of 12, 27l behind Buthelezi (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Kerchak (USA) 7-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, driven 2f out, lost place over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 4l behind Teide Peak (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f am hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec (flat).
Nadeen (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Very slowly away, always well behind, last of 13, 45l behind Discression (9-6) at Newcastle 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug (flat).
Quadrato (GER) 25-1 (10-7) Held up, headway to chase leaders 6th, pushed along in 4th after 2 out, weakened on long run to last, 5th of 9, 34l behind Minella For Steak (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Sixties Rock 200-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden and weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Sud Pacifique (10-11) at Cartmel 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Staff Sergeant 50-1 (11-0) In rear, blundered 2 out, never a factor, 13th of 14, well behind Waltz Darling (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Tweedo Paradiso (NZ) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, some headway before 2 out, never a factor, 8th of 14, 31l behind Waltz Darling (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Wolf Heart (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Last trio, pushed along 7f out, weakened over 3f out, behind and eased over 1f out, 8th of 9, 36l behind Epic Storm (9-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov (flat).
Blades Lad 50-1 (10-9) Led, headed after 3rd, tracked leader, led again narrowly before 3 out, blundered 2 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure flat, headed post, 2nd of 7, ns behind Totalize (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Docs Legacy (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, effort 2 out, ridden and every chance flat, no extra in 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Totalize (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE) 40-1 (10-2) Held up behind in touch, outpaced 3 out, never troubled leaders, 6th of 7, 18l behind Totalize (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.