The Young Master didn't show a great deal prior to his third at Fontwell and may have been flattered by that result. Strathcal would have a chance on his best form while Freckle Face ran well behind the prolific Home Run at Exeter and is only a pound higher here. Witchesintune and Union Saint are others for the short-list but the lightly-raced CONIGRE doesn't look badly treated in his first handicap and ran as well as could be expected at Kempton in November following a break. He's possibly the one to beat on last year's form.
Umberto D'olivate (FR) 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, well behind Loose Chips (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Sutton Storm 14-1 (11-4) In touch, chased leaders before 4 out, ridden and weakened before next, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Granville Island (11-6) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Conigre 5-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened flat, 5th of 9, 18l behind Golden Hoof (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Strathcal 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, effort before 2 out, weakened before last, 10th of 15, 17l behind Tanerko Emery (11-11) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Witchesintune 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, chased leaders under pressure next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 12, 37l behind Mickie (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Union Saint (FR) 20-1 (10-11) Towards rear, headway 2 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 20, 2 1/2l behind Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Freckle Face 11-1 (11-12) Behind, struggling 6th, headway 3 out, not fluent next, kept on under pressure to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Home Run (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Cridda Boy 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, weakened before 2 out, 12th of 20, 27l behind Cruise In Style (9-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Toujours L'attaque (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Ebanour (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Dec '11.
The Young Master 100-1 (10-12) Led, narrowly headed before bypassing 4 out, led again next, headed 2 out, chased leader until before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Whipcrackaway (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Fitandproperjob 2-1fav (10-7) Never better than mid-division, ridden and struggling after 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, 31l behind Invicta Lake (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Umoristic (FR) 11-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division on outside, headway 2nd, ridden 3 out, no impression before last, 6th of 11, 19l behind Stravita (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Withy Mills 9-1 (11-3) Close up, led & mistake 5th, headed approaching 2 out, weakened, 6th of 14, 25l behind Home Run (11-2) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Cruise In Luxury (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up, always towards rear, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.