Alph ran much better at Plumpton last time and has claims but is likely to have to settle for minor honours at best in a race taken to go to Jonjo O'Neill's CRUCHAIN, who can follow up his recent Huntingdon success and give his handler another win. Gary Moore's Sircozy is less exposed than most of these but needs to improve and of more interest may be the Philip Hobbs-trained Exulto, who has found one too good in each of his last two starts and should be thereabouts again but he may prefer a faster surface. Alan King's Top Mark is fit from running on the flat and could be of interest back over hurdles having run over fences on his most recent start under National Hunt rules.
Top Mark 4-6fav (11-4) Led to 6th, led again 4 out and pecked, ridden and headed approaching last, soon beaten, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Dishdasha (11-4) at Perth 2m nov chs (4) gf in Jul '09.
Drussell (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, slight mistake 4 out, dropped to moderate 3rd before 3 out, 4th and no extra next, 4th of 6, 27l behind Alpine Glade (11-1) at Killarney 2m 1f hdl gd in May.
Higgy's Boy (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Close up on outside, outpaced when hit 3 out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened next, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Astracad (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Troubletimestwo (FR) 25-1 (9-13) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair until weakened on long run to 4 out, 6th of 8, 24l behind Escort'men (11-10) at Chepstow 2m Limited hcp hdl (2) gs in Oct.
Alph 25-1 (11-0) In touch on inside, went 2nd after 3 out, ridden between last 2, kept on under pressure approaching last, never reached winner, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Herschel (11-0) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Sep.
Outside The Box 6-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed just before 2nd last, gradually faded, 4th of 13, 26l behind Clerk's Choice (10-4) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Cheshire Prince 14-1 (10-10) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, no impression, 6th of 16, 20l behind Nearby (11-4) at Aintree 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Oct.
Flaming Gorge (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Led, mistake 5th, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 27l behind Final Day (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Cruchain (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to challenge 3 out, led 2 out, kept on flat, driven out, won at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct beating Phoenix Eye (10-5) by 2l, 11 ran.
Sircozy (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Behind, headway approaching 3 out, chased leading pair approaching last, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Iceman George (10-5) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Exulto (IRE) 7-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 5th, no impression 3 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Black Jack Blues (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gf in Oct.
General Ting (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, no chance when hit 4 out, 12th of 17, 19l behind Russian War (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Oct.
High Bird Humphrey 8-1 (10-8) In rear, tailed off 5th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Sunday City (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct, 9 ran.