TERRA BLEU may not have beaten much at Fontwell on Boxing Day but did it easily and, as that was a conditionals' race, escapes a penalty for this. He is probably worth sticking with here though the three-year-old Easydoesit is holding his form well and looks certain to be in the firing-line again. Lombardy Boy and Sleeping Du Granit both return after a lay-off so the pick of the remainder may be top weight Silver Stirrup.
Silver Stirrup (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Double Ross (11-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft.
Bariolo (FR) 80-1 (10-12) Settled towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, never dangerous, 7th of 14, 31l behind Trip The Light (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Lombardy Boy (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, ridden approaching 3 out, soon one pace, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 15l behind Araldur (11-6) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Fidelor (FR) 50-1 (11-12) In touch on outside, driven and outpaced before 3 out, weakened before next, 8th of 12, 43l behind Drumlang (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Sleeping du Granit (FR) 28-1 (10-11) Tracked winner until after 2nd, prominent, 2nd again before 3 out until 2 out, 3rd and beaten last, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Countess Susy (10-2) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Sendinpost 10-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 7th, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 13, 30l behind Evella (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '10.
Easydoesit (IRE) 11-2 (10-8) Tracked leader, led after 3rd, jumped left next, headed 3 out, stayed on same pace from 2 out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Keep Talking (11-9) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Sparkling Air 66-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear on outside, modest 6th after 7th, went 4th approaching last, never in contention, tailed off, 4th of 12, 50l behind Harry Topper (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) sft.
Terra Bleu (IRE) 13-8fav (10-8) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, led approaching 2 out, driven clear last, ran on well, won at Fontwell 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Tecktal (10-8) by 13l, 5 ran.
Crossguard (USA) 125-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 7th, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 15, well behind Ballyrock (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Cadeaux Cerise (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Alway towards rear, weakened 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Matrow's Lady (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft, 11 ran.