Lemony Bay won a couple of bumpers in the spring while Gone Too Far is another interesting debutant from that sphere having justified short odds at Kempton in May. Varom also has plenty of scope and Gassin Golf already boasts decent form over timber, including a comeback fourth at Cheltenham where he still held every chance turning for home. FRANCISCAN was a bit novicey on his hurdling debut at Bangor but will know more today and the second has franked the form since. As long as the ground doesn't get any softer, Donald McCain's charge can put his Flat speed to good use here and complete the double.
Franciscan 4-9fav (10-12) Led to 2nd, ridden to lead again 2 out, not fluent last, ridden out, won at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Saint Thomas (10-12) by 4l, 3 ran.
Durham Express (IRE) 10-1 (8-2) Tracked leaders, soon close up in 2nd, pushed along halfway, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 13, 7l behind Lees Anthem (8-8) at Redcar 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep (flat).
Gassin Golf 8-1 (10-12) Held up in touch in rear, took keen hold, mistake 3rd, headway when not fluent 3 out, ridden after next, beaten last, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 12l behind Sametegal (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Gone Too Far 4-6fav (11-3) Mid-division in touch, headway 5f out, went 2nd 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, won at Kempton 2m NH flat (6) gd in May beating Hannibal The Great (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Lemony Bay 9-4 (11-5) Held up, lost ground on leaders 6f out, closed over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in May beating Wintered Well (11-9) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Light The City (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 18l behind Forced Family Fun (9-4) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Oct (flat).
Narcissist (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Led, headed over 4f out, soon ridden and tailed off, last of 18, well behind Dark Ruler (10-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f am hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct (flat).
Next Hight (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, 10th of 12, 36l behind The Liquidator (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Rock A Doodle Doo (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, went 5th before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 30l behind Three Kingdoms (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Satanic Beat (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tarcked leaders, ridden after 3 out, one pace next, no impression in 4th when went left last, 4th of 9, 16l behind Saint Thomas (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Varom (FR) 2-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, 3rd and no impression when swished tail just over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Runswick Royal (10-12) at Haydock 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (4) sft in Nov '12.