We're going to give SIR MANGAN a final chance in this, even though he appeared to take a backward step when beaten 17 lengths at Newcastle last time. The winner that day is probably useful, however, and today's heavy ground should play to the strengths of Donald McCain's charge. Carrybridge, another winning pointer, wasn't beaten far on her debut under Rules in a bumper here in November and could threaten while the going will hold no fears for winning chaser Riskier. Dare To Endeavour has hinted at ability but his future may lie in handicaps.
Cadgers Hole 100-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair, ridden over 4f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 37l behind Askamore Darsi (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Dare To Endeavour 40-1 (10-9) Mid-division, driven 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, never troubled leaders, 5th of 12, 9l behind Wuff (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Native Optimist (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, never on terms, 6th of 9, 27l behind Vinny Gambini (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Riskier 20-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 8, 29l behind Kruzhlinin (11-12) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs (2) gs in Dec.
Sir Mangan (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Led, headed 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 17l behind Racing Pulse (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Carrybridge (IRE) 11-4 (10-6) Led 2f, tracked leader, led again 4f out, headed over 2f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Mystical Dreamer (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.