A difficult race to close out so ANDORN is a tentative call against Sparkling Brook and Schinken Otto. Phil Kirby is a trainer to keep an eye on as he has done well with what limited resources he has. Andorn did not seem to appreciate the heavy ground at Wetherby last time out but he is proven under tonight's conditions and can be relied upon to run his race. Sparkling Brook has to be respected from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard and is likely to be up there early. He is likely to be taken on for the lead by Schinken Otto. He is better known over chase fences though can show plenty of exuberance from the rise of the tapes. Northern Lad was a tad disappointing at Market Rasen though he has been on the comeback from a sizeable period of absence. Wujood had demonstrated a level of ability on the flat though has resided at plating grades at this discipline. Not a race to be dogmatic about so Andorn is selected with a few reservations.
Chord 7-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, soon ridden, one pace from last, 3rd of 15, 13l behind Vincenzio (11-12) at Towcester 2m 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Northern Lad (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) With leader, led after 3 out, headed before next, soon beaten, lost 3rd near finish, 4th of 14, 16l behind Aggravation (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in Jun.
Takelli (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led, not fluent 2nd, headed 5th, soon driven, weakened well before 3 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Tesserae (10-5) at Ludlow 2m 3yo nov sll hdl (4) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
The Grey One (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Mid-division, took keen hold, ridden and struggling 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Penyfan Dawn (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Andorn (GER) 10-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, weakened and lost place from 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Lets Go Girls (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Wujood 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, lost place 9th, no danger after, 9th of 18, 50l behind King Stanley (11-12) at Hereford 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Dec.
Bond Cruz 28-1 (10-5) Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rio Gael (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gf, 8 ran.
Games (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Tracked leader and keen, led 3rd, mistake 6th, headed approaching 11th, pushed along next, weakening when fell 4 out, in a race won by Sir Bumble (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-90 (5) gf, 14 ran.
Sparkling Brook (IRE) 7-2fav (10-2) Led until 3 out, edged right approaching 2 out, led last, headed flat, no extra, 4th of 13, 11l behind Space Telescope (11-7) at Worcester 2m 4f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Mujamead 8-1 (11-6) Led until ridden and headed soon after 3 out, no chance with leading duo from next, tailed off, 3rd of 13, 39l behind Optimum (11-9) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-85 (5) sft.
Song In My Heart (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 17, 26l behind Ton-Chee (11-6) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in May.
Schinken Otto (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Led until 5th, weakening when blundered 3 out, 8th of 12, 44l behind Yellow Flag (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Jose Bove 4-1 (11-0) Led until 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 8, 42l behind Beauchamp Viking (10-2) at Towcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in May.