Petrarchick bids to follow up her recent Bangor win off a 6lb higher mark while Sacco D'Oro has been threatening to win a race like this for a while and looks certain to be in the firing-line again. Mezarat looks worth another try over a longer trip while chaser Gougane was taking on better opposition at Taunton last time and Performance Review has claims if reproducing his second at Newton Abbot in September. TOPENHALL wasn't beaten far over a shorter trip at Huntingdon last month and has been dropped a couple of pounds since. He's unlikely to be improving at the age of 11 but is well treated on the pick of his recent form and should play a part here as long as the ground doesn't deteriorate. The returning Set In Her Ways would also be worth a second look if the market spoke in her favour but The Ferick is proving a big disappointment.
Lord Landen (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) W ldr when fell 13, in a race won by Quatuor Collonges (12-0) at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in Feb, 15 ran.
Performance Review (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, went 4th 2nd, not fluent 4th, went 3rd after 3 out, chased winner when not fluent last, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind My Legal Lady (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Sep.
Topenhall (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd before 4th, every chance 2 out, bumped last, one pace flat, 6th of 13, 7l behind Drumlang (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Gougane (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden before 4 out, driven disputing modest 4th before 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 16, 29l behind Cinevator (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
River Purple 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Purcell's Bridge (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Set In Her Ways (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 8th, led after 3 out, headed before last, no extra, 2nd of 13, 8l behind Spot The Ball (10-13) at Southwell 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jan.
Tannerman (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Fell 1st, in a race won by Another Trump (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct, 14 ran.
Benefit Game (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, not fluent 2nd, behind 5th, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Topthorn (10-10) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
The Ferick (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Behind, outpaced 4 out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 41l behind Bit Of A Jig (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Baharat (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Always in rear, struggling 7th, mistake next, soon beaten, 6th of 7, well behind Alfraamsey (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m nov chs (3) gd in Oct.
Galley Slave (IRE) 28-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, hit 2nd, behind from 7th, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Elegant Olive (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Mezarat (ITY) 7-1 (10-6) Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden, kept on from last, never reached leaders, 5th of 11, 5l behind Feeling (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Petrarchick (USA) 25-1 (9-8) Tracked leader, pushed along after 5th, led after 3 out, stayed on well, won at Bangor 2m 4f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct beating Icanmotor (10-4) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Sacco D'oro 16-1 (10-3) In rear, headway 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on to go 3rd last, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Hit The Switch (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Aug.
Inandover 20-1 (10-0) Led until 3 out, weakened next, 8th of 16, 21l behind Murfreesboro (9-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Haling Park (UAE) 25-1 (9-9) In touch in rear, ridden 8th, driven 3 out, outpaced before next, headway approaching last, chased winner flat, no impression near finish, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Ironical (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.