Uncut Stone had Benmadigan and Vallani behind when runner-up to Everdon Brook over C&D last month. That was his first try over 3m and he should be winning soon now connections have found his trip. Ifyouthinkso could be interesting in his first handicap while Goldtrek won over 2m4f here in November and will be helped by Lucy Alexander's claim. SYNDICATION reverts to hurdles and tries a longer distance after not taking to fences. He belied big odds to finish second in a jumpers' bumper at Kempton last month and, if first-time blinkers have the desired effect, could go close in this. Easement hasn't won for a while but is still 6lb higher than his last success.
Easement 20-1 (10-13) Led, ridden before 8th, headed next, soon lost 2nd and driven, outpaced in 5th before 3 out, staying on again when left 4th 2 out, left modest 3rd run-in, 3rd of 10, 21l behind Parson's Punch (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Ifyouthinkso 28-1 (10-12) Led to before 3rd, in touch, switched inside 8th, lost place before 3 out, ridden and kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 7, 11l behind Imperial Vic (11-5) at Musselburgh 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Syndication (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Pure Style (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Dec.
Uncut Stone (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, led 4 out, headed before 2 out, mistake last, kept on, 2nd of 15, 2 3/4l behind Everdon Brook (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Vallani (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Towards rear, weakened before 9th, 7th of 15, 32l behind Everdon Brook (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Benmadigan (IRE) 17-2 (10-9) Held up mid-division, ouotpaced after 4 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 16l behind Everdon Brook (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Any Given Moment (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) Chased leaders, hit 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Gleann Na Ndochais (9-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec '11, 12 ran.
Auberge (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Carmela Maria (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Commercial Express (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, struggling before 7th, 8th of 9, 19l behind Benmadigan (10-10) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Goldtrek (USA) 7-1 (10-1) Close up and keen, mistake 1st, led 3rd, ridden before last, kept on and edged left run-in, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov beating King Brex (11-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Corky Dancer 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, ridden before 2 out, one pace from last, 4th of 9, 9l behind Benmadigan (10-10) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.