This looks wide-open but Wincanton second Upton Wood has yet to prove his effectiveness over this longer trip. Halucha won over course and distance last month but was then tailed off at Kempton off today's higher mark. The unexposed Fountains Mary should stay and goes on the short-list while The Rattler Obrien won over 2m6f at Wincanton in October and is also interesting. Only Witness and Tarabela could figure if fully wound-up but LOW GALES looked as though he was running into a bit of form at Doncaster and, dropped 3lb since, gets a tentative vote.
Low Gales (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Held up, pushed along 7th, headway after next, no impression on leaders from 2 out, went 4th flat, 4th of 8, 12l behind Fix It Right (11-5) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Halucha (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Led until after 2nd, pressed leader until 4 out, chased leaders, soon ridden, weakened soon after next, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Upton Wood 16-1 (10-11) Prominent, took keen hold, led after 2nd, slipped on bend before 5th, headed 2 out, 3rd when blundered last, stayed on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Letemgo (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Only Witness (IRE) 15-8fav (11-1) Raced wide, chased leading pair, mistake 7th, went 2nd 4 out until approaching next, went 2nd again 2 out, soon well held and edged left, kept on flat, no impression, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind In The Post (10-9) at Ffos Las 3m sell (5) sft in Apr.
Lisheen Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up, pushed along before 6th, soon struggling, never on terms, 9th of 14, 30l behind Swinging Hawk (10-11) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Fountains Mary 9-4 (10-7) Not fluent, chased leaders, effort on outside 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened before next, 4th of 7, 18l behind Dardanella (10-10) at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Tarabela 11-2 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 7th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, driven out, won at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb beating Bravo Riquet (11-0) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
The Rattler Obrien (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, ridden out, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct beating Proper Villan (11-12) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Kalamill (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up in last pair in touch, pushed along before 4 out, soon outpaced, 5th of 6, 37l behind Tigresse Bleue (11-13) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov.
Briefcase (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up behind, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 38l behind Joseph Mercer (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov '12.
Saint Peray (FR) 40-1 (11-7) Keen in mid-division, headway on inside to track leaders 7th, ridden in 4th after 3 out, weakened to 5th after 2 out, 5th of 12, 30l behind Halucha (11-10) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.