Letemgo won over 2m4f here in October but has been beaten twice off today's higher mark since. Kartanian was third off a higher mark over course and distance last season but fell on his reappearance at Fontwell and then finished tailed off at Stratford. Keltic Rhythm has had plenty of chances and isn't getting any better but Rior's third at Towcester was a step up on previous efforts and he has a good chance of reversing earlier running with Letemgo. LUMPYS GOLD is unexposed and has only found one too good in two runs so far under Rules. He was clear of the third here two weeks ago and can go one better today.
Bob Tucker (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Prominent, challenged 4 out, 4th and one pace 3 out, weakened from next, 6th of 17, 18l behind Ballyculla (11-8) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Letemgo (IRE) 13-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, led after 2nd, headed 5th, pushed along and outpaced from 9th, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 9, 13l behind King Boru (11-12) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Keltic Rhythm (IRE) 7-4fav (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway after 8th, short of room after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, 32l behind Willoughby Hedge (11-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Lumpys Gold 11-10fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 2nd, headed after 3 out, led again before 2 out and not fluent, headed approaching last, soon beaten, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Swallowshide (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Kartanian (IRE) 7-1 (9-13) In touch on outside, pushed along from 5th, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Magnifique Etoile (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Oct.
Sterling Gent (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Led, pushed along after 3 out, headed before blundered and lost 2nd 2 out, weakened between last 2, 6th of 15, 28l behind Willow's Saviour (11-9) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Rior (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, every chance next, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Valid Point (11-9) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Pertinent (FR) 2-1 (11-0) (tt) led til hdd 15; ev ch when ref 3 out, in a race won by Master Medic (11-0) at Wilton 3m ptp gs in Apr, 2 ran.
Native Brian (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, went 3rd after 3 out, no impression on winner before next, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Massena (11-6) at Wincanton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Nov.
Marmalade Man 9-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden 6th, well beaten after next, 12th of 18, 50l behind Prince Pippin (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) gd in May.