GARDE LA VICTOIRE and Gone Too Far both opened their accounts on their latest starts. The former beat a subsequent winner at Aintree and Philip Hobbs' charge gets the nod to defy a penalty on that basis. McCoy sticks with Gone Too Far of the McManus-owned trio while Benefique Royale posted a better effort at Worcester last time. Hurdling debutant Ronnie Lawson may prove a bigger threat as he's a brother to a winning hurdler and Ffos Las bumper winner, Solstice Son, should go well along with Etania.
Garde La Victoire (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, led after 5th, clear last, stayed on, won at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Regal Encore (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Gone Too Far 4-6fav (11-0) Always prominent, led before 3 out, mistake 2 out, driven flat, stayed on well, won at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs beating Varom (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Grand Gigolo (FR) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on inside 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 10, 19l behind Wadswick Court (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct.
Highpower (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Holly Grove Lass.
Joe Bugg (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Always behind, tailed off, last of 15, 43l behind Oscarteea (11-0) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Mackeson 66-1 (10-8) Led, headed over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Dakar Run (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Mystifiable 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, went 4th before 2 out, no extra approaching last and lost 4th flat, 5th of 10, 24l behind Lac Fontana (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Ronnie Lawson (IRE) 10-3fav (11-2) Chased leaders, effort over 3f out, stayed on same pace approaching final furlong, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Theatrical Style (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd.
Royalracket (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, pushed along and struggling 5f out, never involved, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Wychwoods Brook (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov '12.
Solstice Son 8-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, never a threat, 7th of 10, 21l behind Pleasant Company (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) gs.
Spagetti Western (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd 10; to & pu last, in a race won by Dreamy George (12-0) at Cottenham 2m 4f ptp gs in Dec, 12 ran.
Table Bluff (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 6f out, weakened 4f out, 10th of 14, 32l behind Joanne One (11-1) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
There You Are Beat All gelding out of Mandys Native.
Yes I Will 14-1 (10-13) In touch, effort over 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 44l behind Urban Hymn (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gs.
According To Sarah (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Prominent, ridden and hung badly left from 3f out, one pace and no impression in 3rd from 1f out, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Noir Girl (10-4) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Aug.
Benefique Royale 7-2 (10-10) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway 4th, went 2nd 3 out, every chance from next until no impression final 150 yards, 2nd of 11, 2 1/2l behind In By Midnight (10-10) at Worcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Etania 5-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chaed leaders over 1f out, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Alphabetical Order (10-9) at Lingfield 2m mdn n h flat (6) std in Dec.
Siksika (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 15, 22l behind Down Ace (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.