Blake Dean is the obvious one in this opener having won easily over course and distance last month before finishing second at Hexham. But he has been raised a further 7lb, which is a worry, and there's a good chance that MIDNIGHT REQUEST will show improvement now tackling low-grade handicaps. He has been taking on decent opposition in his three runs to date. Prince Freddie has finished second twice here recently but has a lot to find to overturn form with Blake Dean while the remainder already look exposed.
La Belle Sauvage 66-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 14, 16l behind Koolala (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Stag Hill (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) In touch, blundered and dropped to mid-division 2nd, chased leaders 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 11, 7l behind Great Link (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd.
Midnight Request 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 4th, ridden and weakened before 4 out, 11th of 16, 39l behind Going Concern (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Blake Dean 8-11fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, led after 2nd, headed before last, one pace and no impression, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Morning Time (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Young Lou 66-1 (10-0) Towards rear, slow jump 1st, ridden and struggling after 5th, 10th of 14, 37l behind Swinging Hawk (10-11) at Warwick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Ata Boy (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, went poor 3rd 3 out, no impression, 4th of 11, 37l behind Separate Shadows (10-12) at Worcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Cool Bob (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) In rear, not fluent 3rd, headway before 8th, not much room well before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 17, 48l behind Kings Apollo (10-1) at Ludlow 2m 5f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Drummond 33-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, challenged after 4th, not fluent next, lost place before 3 out, 5th of 9, 26l behind Lost In Newyork (9-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Prince Freddie 9-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway before 6th, chased winner before 3 out, no impression next, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 12, 14l behind Proud Times (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Kozmina Bay 33-1 (10-8) Prominent, ridden and lost place 5th, soon behind, last of 9, well behind Lost In Newyork (9-12) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Photogenique (FR) 20-1 (9-9) In rear, lost touch 5th, late headway 2 out, driven and kept on from last, nearest finish, 5th of 7, 17l behind My Oh Mount Brown (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 5f cnd nov hcp hdl (5) gd in Oct.