Better was expected of Rayak at Bangor last month. He might improve for the experience but he has a bit to prove now. DUROBLE MAN finished behind Town Mouse on his debut at Market Rasen but reversed that form at Kempton in October. He may have more to offer and is the most likely winner here, despite a penalty. Mandy's Boy showed promise when fourth at Wetherby and might improve past Sandown third Innoko. Mahican is a bigger danger, however, if translating his useful Flat form to the winter game.
Duroble Man 2-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, went 2nd 3 out until before next, challenged last, quickened to lead flat, ridden out, won at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct beating Town Mouse (10-13) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Alberto 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold held up on outside, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 8l behind Kindlelight Storm (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Coffers 20-1 (10-12) Tracked winner, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 43l behind Two Jabs (10-12) at Huntingdon 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) sft in Nov.
Innoko (FR) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and beaten before 2 out, hampered after 2 out, well held 3rd when blundered last, 3rd of 5, 49l behind Kentucky Hyden (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy in Nov.
Mahican (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Winterlude (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Oct (flat).
Mandy's Boy (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway before 3 out, switched left before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 13l behind Rutherglen (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Rayak (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5 out, headway in 3rd before 2 out, not fluent last, lost 2nd when no extra towards finish, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Sleepy Haven (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Santo De Lune (FR) Saint Des Saints gelding out of Tikidoun.
Warrant Officer 6-1 (8-2) In touch in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlolng, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Hidden Link (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Mar (flat).
Banreenahreenkah (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Led, took keen hold, wandered and slowed up into 1st, jumped left 5th, ridden and headed before last, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 32l behind Mystery Drama (10-8) at Leicester 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Haatefina 7-1 (9-7) Dwelt in rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, not trouble leaders, 4th of 8, 9l behind Handsome Stranger (8-13) at Brighton 1m 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Sep (flat).