Lac Sacre won at Southwell last month and was then third on the Polytrack, beaten less than three lengths. That suggests he'll be thereabouts in this but we are taking him on with SPIN CAST. Brian Ellison's Flat winner drops into this grade for the first time after being placed three times in maiden company and Harriet Bethell is good value for her 7lb claim. Western Approaches arrives off the back of a win in a Taunton handicap but that was over 2m4f and this tight track may not suit. The reminder are approaching the veteran stage and likely to struggle on today's terms.
Lac Sacre (FR) 6-5fav (10-7) Held up 4th and last in touch, headway 6th, challenged going well on outside 3 out, led on bit between last 2, pushed out flat, won at Southwell 2m cnd/am sll hdl (5) gs in Dec beating Juno The Muffinman (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Moheebb (IRE) 125-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 5th, headway to 2nd before 4th until after 6th, weakened before 3 out, hit next, 7th of 10, 32l behind Meadowcroft Boy (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Spin Cast 5-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, every chance from next, mistake last, faded flat, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Aalim (10-7) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Stormin Exit (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 6th, headed before 7 out, mistake next, weakened before 2 out, last of 7, 25l behind Wicklow Lad (10-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
That'll Do Nicely (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, ridden 3 out, jumped right last, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 14l behind Morning Time (10-9) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Western Approaches 11-4fav (10-13) Made all, not fluent 2 out, comfortably, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Dec beating Calaf (11-10) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.