Chicklemix has claims on her latest second at Market Rasen and Groomed has placed form that would see him figure if reproducing it here. TINSELTOWN won twice over timber early in the year and has something to prove now off a higher mark but both those victories came over C&D and he may find the necessary improvement. Pertuis remains unexposed over hurdles and could prove best of the remainder with improvement likely unless Kusadasi takes part rather than running in his first preference at Ffos Las in which case he has leading claims.
Embsay Crag 22-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear and keen, headway before 2 out, stayed on before last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Red Merlin (11-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Groomed (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Soon mid-division, niggled along 6th, soon lost place and no impression, last of 20, well behind Muzak (11-4) at Galway 2m 2f am hcp hdl 88-109 sft in Aug.
Lakeman (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Tracked leader until not fluent 4th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 9, 44l behind One For Joules (10-4) at Perth 2m clm hdl (4) gd in Sep '11.
Chicklemix 5-1 (11-5) Keen held up, headway to challenge 2 out, ridden and kept on to go 2nd flat, not trouble winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Dark Energy (10-3) at Market Rasen 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Nov.
Tinseltown 4-1fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 2 out, weakened next, 9th of 14, 19l behind Hi Dancer (10-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Aegean Destiny 9-2 (11-2) Prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 10, 32l behind Sail And Return (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Pertuis (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, soon with winner, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 9l behind Sam Lord (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Kusadasi (IRE) 7-2fav (10-6) Led, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, kept on, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Bathwick Brave (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Goodlukin Lucy 25-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 3 out, mistake next, lost 2nd after last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Doyly Carte (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Mootabar (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and went 2nd before last, weakened soon after, 5th of 7, 28l behind Rupert Bear (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.