Disappointing would barely describe most of these. Rose Red has gone off the boil since finishing second on fast going at Worcester in August while Next Hight made mistakes and weakened quickly when favourite at Newcastle last month, though would have claims on an earlier second over today's course and distance. Arkansas Dave is also worth considering and Kathlatino ran her best race so far over hurdles at Wetherby on Boxing Day. But the handicapper may have been a little lenient with the four-year-old JEBULANI and it could be worth risking that he handles the surface as he stayed well on the Flat.
Needwood Park 50-1 (10-13) Raced keenly, held up in touch on inside, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Light The City (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Arkansas Dave (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 15th of 17, well behind Royal Flight (11-7) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.
Next Hight (IRE) 9-2fav (11-6) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, went 3rd before 4 out, one pace, 11th of 18, 50l behind Snapping Turtle (11-6) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.
Rose Red 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, some headway after 7th, no impression 3 out, 7th of 16, 36l behind Portway Flyer (11-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Kathlatino 33-1 (9-9) Towards rear, stayed on from 2 out, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Catcher Star (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Jebulani 100-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, outpaced after 3 out, weakening when left 4th 2 out, 4th of 6, 27l behind Magic Skyline (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Exit To Freedom 11-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 6th, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up last, in a race won by Crookstown (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Mrs Grass 66-1 (10-2) Close up, weakened 4 out, detached, 5th of 6, well behind Oscars Den (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
The Boozy Bishop (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Beeves (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gd in May '12.
W Six Times 22-1 (10-0) Mid-division, lost place 4th, soon behind, 7th of 9, 45l behind Rhymers Stone (11-4) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.