Tahiti Pearl has been running well without winning and found one too good yet again at Doncaster last time. She's up another 2lb for that, but GROUSE LODGE is only 4lb higher than when scoring at Cheltenham in April. Donald McCain's charge has a recent pipe-opener at this track under his belt and gets the nod. Simply Wings paid the price for a couple of mistakes at Ascot last month and had nothing left to give in the closing stages. He can figure with a clear round, while the likes of Shadows Lengthen, Fairy Rath and Noble Legend were all winning earlier in the year but have shown little since returning to action. Mister Grez has been competing in better company of late and an improvement is expected dropped in class.
Simply Wings (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Tracked leading pair, effort 4 out to next, soon driven and outpaced, no chance with front pair before 2 out, 3rd of 7, 26l behind Niceonefrankie (11-7) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Nov.
Shadows Lengthen 25-1 (10-12) Always behind, 12th of 17, 31l behind Anay Turge (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
Noble Legend 6-1 (11-0) Prominent, lost place 7th, behind when hampered 11th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Sydney Paget (10-13) at Haydock 3m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Fairy Rath (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, hit 4th, left 3rd 8th, chance 3 out, soon ridden, weakened between last 2, 7th of 11, 18l behind Filbert (10-8) at Newbury 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.
Aneyeforaneye (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) In touch, went 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 19l behind Kruzhlinin (11-4) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gs in Nov.
Grouse Lodge (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) With leader, ridden before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, last of 5, 23l behind No Planning (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Led to 3rd, led again before 5th, headed 3 out, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Off The Ground (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd.
Mister Grez (FR) 3-1fav (10-6) Held up, not always fluent, mistake 1st, headway 7th, mistake 13th, weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, 49l behind Kapga De Cerisy (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Nov.
Kykate 14-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders before 4 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, soon weakened, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Definite Dream (10-10) at Carlisle 2m nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Frank The Slink 17-2 (10-3) Held up in last pair, went left 4th and 8th, went 5th 13th, ridden before 10th, stayed on flat, went modest 4th post, 4th of 7, 17l behind Tutchec (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.