Cloudy Dawn is a first ride over hurdles for Zachery-James Gaughan but his mount, although having plenty of ability, is hardly a reliable performer. Landenstown Star is woefully one-paced but may be suited by this test while Fidelor was second over a similar trip at Huntingdon on his penultimate start. Peqeno Diablo's run here last month was too bad to be true but Detour Ahead is probably better over fences nowadays, though must have a chance in a race of this nature. MARMALADE MAN was still beaten 34 lengths when third at Plumpton but has contested better races in general so gets a tentative vote as Veratan doesn't look up to much either.
Detour Ahead 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent, mistake 5th, ridden and lost place before 7th, soon behind, last of 8, well behind Kayf Moss (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Fidelor (FR) 12-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 3 out until 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure between last 2, 4th of 13, 18l behind Clonusker (10-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Veratan (FR) 5-1fav (10-4) Soon pushed along and lost good early position, struggling towards rear 5th, last and struggling 7th, no chance after, 10th of 14, 39l behind The Happy Warrior (9-9) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.
Marmalade Man 8-1 (11-9) Led, headed 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 7, 34l behind Mudita Moment (12-2) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Zouti (FR) 25-1 (10-10) Mid-division on inside, ridden and struggling after 5th, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Withy Mills (10-3) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Landenstown Star (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Led, ridden 3 out, headed approaching next, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 25l behind Night Of Passion (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Alaccordion 6-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out (usual 4 out), ridden and hard pressed last (usual 2 out), headed narrowly bypassing omitted last, kept on, just held, 2nd of 13, shd behind Shaddaii (9-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Strictly Cissbury 28-1 (10-9) Not fluent 1st, towards rear, tailed off when blundered 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Clonusker (10-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 13 ran.
Free Falling 16-1 (10-5) Led, headed before 2 out, ridden and hit last, weakened run-in, 5th of 13, 17l behind Admiral Blake (10-1) at Exeter 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Peqeno Diablo (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Led, headed 5th, led again 7th, headed 8th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, well behind Bold Tara (9-13) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Home Girl (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, driven approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, weakened last, 7th of 11, 24l behind Great Link (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Cloudy Dawn 2-1fav (9-11) Led to 7th, clear before last and mistake, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Prince Blackthorn (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.