Master Fong is capable on his day and has the blinkers back on here. He shouldn't be dismissed lightly while the lightly-raced Altan Khan will be popular after breaking his duck over a shorter trip here in November. Mister Wall Street is definitely one for the short-list now tried in handicap company and Pokfulham won a seller over 2m here last month. But it's the latter's stablemate GRANDAD BILL that catches the eye on this occasion. This is his favourite course and Jim Goldie's versatile performer, who ran a lot better than his final placing suggests at Leopardstown last month, is only 2lb higher than when successful over C&D around this time last year. Top weight Viva Colonia may be the pick of the remainder.
Viva Colonia (IRE) 10-3fav (10-10) Held up mid-division, headway on inside 4 out, went 2nd approaching 3 out, every chance when not fluent last, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Nine Stories (11-8) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Sunarri (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Led, jumped right 4th, ridden and headed last,kept on no extra towards finish, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Lively Baron (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Santa's Son (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Led approaching 2nd, headed before 7th, ridden and every chance approaching 3 out, soon weakened, eased, tailed off, 7th of 12, 49l behind Working Title (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Sep.
Pipe Banner 6-1 (11-0) Mid-division, closed 4th, chased winner after 7th until 3 out, weakened flat, 6th of 11, 10l behind Riptide (11-5) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Grandad Bill (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Led, headed 3rd, 2nd halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, soon lost place, 13th before 2 out, kept on one pace, 10th of 19, 21l behind Glam Gerry (11-3) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan.
Master Fong (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) With leader, pushed along over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Bivouac (11-0) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Hazeldene 7-2fav (10-10) Led, clear 2nd until 4th, headed after 3 out, not fluent next, beaten last, 4th of 10, 9l behind Hearthstead Dream (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May.
Lawgiver (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 6th, outpaced next, no impression after, plugged on, 6th of 9, 25l behind Maska Pony (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Quatro Pierji (FR) 66-1 (11-0) Jumped very slowly and hesitant, led until 1st, reminders and last 5th, lost touch from next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Best Lover (10-11) at Hexham 2m nov chs (3) hvy in Nov, 5 ran.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 15-2 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, ridden approaching last, one pace, 4th of 10, 9l behind Nine Stories (11-8) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Mister Wall Street (FR) 5-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division on inner, headway before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 4th of 12, 10l behind Waldvogel (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Pokfulham (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, went 2nd 6th and reminders soon after, challenged and upsides 2 out, not fluent last, driven flat, stayed on to lead last strides, won at Musselburgh 2m sell hdl (5) gs in Jan beating Lennon (11-5) by hd, 9 ran.
Altan Khan 8-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway on inside approaching and hit 2 out, ridden approaching last, led final 100 yards, driven out, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov beating Pillar Of Hercules (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Arisea (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Held up mid-division, fell heavily 5th, in a race won by Planetarium (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f sell hcp hdl (5) gd in Jun, 12 ran.
Strobe 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 12th, about 6 lengths down when left 3rd at last, no impression, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Desperate Dex (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f ch (0-95) (5) gd in Oct.