Balnagore was a long way behind when Sheriff Hall won this 12 months ago. George Charlton's six-year-old is 6lb higher now but should be all the better for a recent run at Hexham and has to go on the short-list again. Amazing Star was a cosy winner at Uttoxeter last time and may be capable of even better if brushing up his jumping. He should also go close and makes more appeal than Fakenham second Catawollow and the luckless King's Chorister. Capricornus is tried in blinkers after disappointing so far this term but has to give weight to PARC DES PRINCES. Suited by sharp tracks, he's twice gone close off his new mark since winning at Bangor in August and deserves a change of luck.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 17-2 (10-7) Took keen hold tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4 out, about 2 lengths down and held when fell last, in a race won by D'Gigi (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd, 8 ran.
Ergo (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Teenage Idol (11-9) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jan, 17 ran.
Capricornus (USA) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, driven approaching 5th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 34l behind Second Brook (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs.
Parc Des Princes (USA) 13-8fav (11-2) Held up, not fluent 4th, mistake next, soon ridden, closed 3 out, kept on towards finish, went 3rd post, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Man In Black (11-11) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct.
Amazing Star (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear and keen, tracked leaders before and hit 3 out, led before last, kept on, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Bob's Dream (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Balnagore 20-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened 3rd, pulled up next, in a race won by Flaygray (10-12) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd, 16 ran.
Roll Over Rose (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Towards rear, reminders after 4th, soon struggling, pulled up before last, in a race won by Sydney Cove (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft, 11 ran.
Catawollow 16-1 (10-12) In touch, went 2nd 6th, hampered and led 3 out, soon ridden, pressed approaching last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1l behind White Diamond (11-7) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Sheriff Hall (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 39l behind Sydney Cove (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
King's Chorister 7-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 11, 16l behind Sydney Cove (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.