Flat winner War Poet is potentially well treated over timber and it would be no surprise to see him step up on his form to date at the winter game now going handicapping. The stable also run fellow novice Herostatus while Brian Ellison has three entered, the ex-Irish Capellanus joining the versatile Dontpaytheferryman and the unexposed Fleet Dawn. Mwaleshi has won easily at Kelso and Carlisle in his last two starts but October's course winner Trucking Along needs further while Unknown Rebel needs to recapture his best form to figure. PERPETUALLY in another who has been racing over further but his two wins last autumn came over 2m and he should be factor here with a 7lb claimer on board. The top weight is preferred to Leicester third Minsky Mine and gets a tentative vote.
Perpetually (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) In touch in rear, ridden and headway 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, 4th of 8, 7l behind El Dancer (11-5) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Oct.
Capellanus (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Soon mid-division, 9th after 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from after next, 5th of 16, 13l behind Coole Avenue (11-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Oct.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, under pressure approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 24l behind Pas Trop Tard (11-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Unknown Rebel (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Led and soon clear, hit 2nd, reduced lead approaching 4 out, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 9, 15l behind Nine Stories (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Trucking Along (IRE) 33-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, smooth headway 4 out, poised to challenge on inside next, led on bit between last 2, soon clear, easily, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct beating Mr Moonshine (11-12) by 6l, 14 ran.
Fleet Dawn 3-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, driven to challenge approaching 3 out, stayed on same pace from last, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Pas Trop Tard (11-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov.
Mwaleshi 11-10fav (11-11) With leader, led after 2nd, 15 lengthes clear 5 out, unchallenged, eased after last, won at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Oct beating Laybach (10-5) by 49l, 6 ran.
Herostatus 9-2 (11-0) Led, blundered 3rd, headed 4th, close up when veered badly left after 4 out and unseated rider, in a race won by Lordofthehouse (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Minsky Mine (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Prominent, every chance bypassing normal 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Open Day (11-2) at Leicester 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
War Poet 4-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 6th, tracked leaders 2 out (usual 3 out), every chance next, no extra flat, 4th of 13, 9l behind Embsay Crag (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec '11.