Nothing leaps off the page in an ordinary handicap but it's difficult to make much of a case for either Bonnie Burnett or veteran chaser Fred Bojangals. Four-year-olds Satanic Beat and Travis County may have a bit to find at the weights, though McCoy rides the latter. Kelso second Trust Thomas may need a bit further so it's BRIGHT APPLAUSE who is taken to go one better than at Kelso, despite a 4lb rise with the weights. Celtic Abbey, Pinerolo and Hi Dancer are all capable of playing a part if anywhere near their best.
Celtic Abbey 9-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 5th before 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, 7th of 13, 30l behind Little Pop (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Oct.
Pinerolo 9-2fav (11-9) Tracked leader, quickly lost place before 4th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Mitchell's Way (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd in Mar, 14 ran.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 16, 13l behind Moss Cloud (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Hi Dancer 40-1 (11-4) Mid-division on outside, driven and lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Tikkandemickey (11-1) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Trust Thomas 18-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden after last (over 3f out) chased winner over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Civil Unrest (10-9) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Travis County (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Led until 3rd, ridden 5th, weakened approaching last, 5th of 11, 19l behind Zafranagar (10-5) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Bright Applause 22-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, chased winner from last, soon ridden, kept on and just held near finish, 2nd of 13, hd behind Glencree (11-6) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Bonnie Burnett (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Held up in touch, chased leaders 2 out, soon outpaced, weakened before last, tailed off, 9th of 10, 32l behind Tikkandemickey (11-1) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Fred Bojangals (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, in rear from 8th, tailed off 5 out, pulled up, in a race won by Tutchec (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov, 8 ran.