Free World has been taking on better opposition but has been well beaten and doesn't appear the force of old. Midnight Charmer has already enjoyed a successful season but is still climbing the weights and all of his victories have come at a lower level. Topaze Collonges has been well below his best while Arrayan is probably best watched on his first try over fences for 18 months. TODAREISTODO was staying on over a slightly shorter trip at Chepstow last month and was only beaten three lengths. He may be the one to beat if reproducing that effort as Shalamiyr's bubble was burst last time.
Arrayan 16-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, soon lost place, weakened between last 2, mistake last, 6th of 10, 18l behind Beau Lake (9-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Topaze Collonges (FR) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked clear pair, reminders before 8th, lost place next, weakened 4 out, 6th of 10, well behind Wychwoods Brook (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Free World (FR) 20-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, driven 5 out, modest 3rd next, went left 2 out, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 32l behind Last Shot (11-9) at Ludlow 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Minellaforlunch (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approachinbg 5th, mistake next, lost place 4 out, no impression after, 6th of 9, 23l behind Ifyousayso (11-11) at Leicester 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Todareistodo 10-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5 out, chasing leaders and every chance when blundered 4 out, switched right and rallying when not fluent 2 out, stayed on under pressure to 3rd flat, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Umberto D'olivate (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Shalamiyr (FR) 11-4fav (12-0) Chased winner until 5th, chased leading pair, slow jump and reminders 6th, weakened before 5 out, pecked 5 out, weakened before next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Riddleofthesands (11-8) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 6 ran.
Midnight Charmer 9-4fav (11-0) In touch, headway 5 out, chased leaders 3 out, ridden to lead last, stayed on strongly, won at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs beating Malibu Sun (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Craiglands (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, lost palce 4 out, 10th of 13, 26l behind Mini Muck (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Fitandproperjob 16-1 (9-9) Held up in last, outpaced 7th, headway 2 out, went 5 length 2nd last, ran on, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind The Last Night (11-8) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.