Uncle Bernie sees out 1m6f well enough and finished second over that distance here last weekend. But he's yet to race over 2m and DARING INDIAN looks a safer bet. The latter wasn't beaten that far when fourth over today's trip at Kempton last time and can land this competing off the same mark. Shalambar has won over hurdles and 1m4f on the Flat. He may figure having slipped down the weights of late but Moaning Butcher has been well beaten over timber recently and has placed just the once in 12 starts on the level.
Daring Indian 5-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside fina furlong, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Coup De Grace (9-7) at Kempton 2m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Jan.
Shalambar (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, outpaced over 3f out, no impression after, 7th of 11, 12l behind Java Rose (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Moaning Butcher 3-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge well over 1f out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 5l behind Vertueux (9-7) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug.
Uncle Bernie (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Started slowly, held up and behind, headway on outside over 2f olut, went 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Fire In Babylon (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.