Thedeboftheyear was beaten a long way when favourite at Exeter earlier this month and it's almost two years since she was last in the winner's enclosure. Mobaasher is not the force of old and his recent placed form has been in point-to-points while West End Classic has a long absence to overcome. Mystic Appeal is interesting, however, as he will appreciate the return to a longer trip having got slightly outpaced at Exeter last time. Minella Gathering could also be a factor but PRASINA RUSSATA makes his handicap debut off a potentially lenient mark and can take advantage of that fact.
Mystic Appeal (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, led until 2nd, stayed handy, ridden after 3rd, no impression 2 out, 5th of 8, 13l behind The Happy Warrior (10-0) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Ctappers 33-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, ridden after 6th, well beaten after next, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Red Admirable (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Mobaasher (USA) 7-2 (11-0) Trckd ldrs; eff 3 out; sn outpcd; stayed on flat, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Byerley Bear (11-0) at Mid Devon 3m ptp gs.
Prasina Russata (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, plugging on disputing modest 8th when fell last, in a race won by Josses Hill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec, 22 ran.
West End Classic (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway before 8th, outpaced after next, went modest 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Billfromthebar (11-0) at Worcester 2m 7f mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Minella Gathering (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Towards rear, hampered bend after 2nd, headway on oputside before 3 out, every chance 3 out, pushed along and one pace before next, went modest 4th soon after 2 out, mistake last, 4th of 14, 11l behind Harry's Farewell (11-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Thedeboftheyear 5-2fav (10-6) Mid-division, headway approaching 5th, chased leader before 5th until 7th, well beaten 3rd from next, 3rd of 8, 36l behind Tarabela (11-10) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy.