Sommersturm has had 10 starts on the all-weather without reaching a place but that's unlikely to be reflected in his starting price. Golden Flight has an even poorer record having had 19 unplaced career starts but the Irish raider did much better when stepped up to this trip at Dundalk last month. Black Iceman had looked ready to win soon before his latest run at Kempton in November, which should be ignored as he hung very badly and finished tailed off. Magnitude doesn't have much of a record on the all-weather but he's not badly handicapped nowadays and has taken a slight drop in class, but a chance is taken on the veteran NEAR GERMANY. He attracted plenty of support despite returning from a break of over three years in a hurdle race at Folkestone in November where he fell when still in front, though tiring, at the last. Hathaway has been staying on over shorter and can alsoget involved.
Magnitude 20-1 (8-6) Held up in last pair, ridden along 5f out, behind and struggling over 4f out, last of 7, 12l behind Bradbury (8-4) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jul.
Arisea (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) In touch, outpaced 3f out, 7th of 10, 11l behind Dubai Bay (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Safwaan 4-1 (9-2) Behind and outpaced, 8th of 10, 18l behind On The Cusp (8-7) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-52 (6) fbs in Feb.
Sommersturm (GER) 50-1 (9-2) With leader until led 8f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 12l behind Sovento (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-52 (6) pol in Dec.
Grecian Goddess (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 49l behind Apparel (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Hathaway (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Towards rear, headway on outer over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd near finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Trip Switch (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Near Germany (IRE) 9-2 (8-0) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 9, 20l behind Prize Fighter (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f hcp (5) sft in Jun '07.
Miss Whippy 25-1 (8-10) Led, headed over 5f out, chased winner until over 4f out, soon lost place, beaten and flashed tail well over 1f out, last of 13, 23l behind Shalambar (9-2) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Nov.
Black Iceman 5-1 (8-4) Pulled hard, soon steadied towards rear, hung badly left to outside rail over 10f out, soon tailed off, continued to hang left and raced on outside rail, not recover, last of 10, well behind Woop Woop (8-13) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Nov.
Golden Flight (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway in 10th 2f out, ridden into 8th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Knockgraffon Lad (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Good Buy Dubai (USA) 66-1 (8-8) Towards rear, hampered on inside 4f out, never on terms after, 11th of 14, 12l behind Whodunit (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
Nha Trang (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Held up, headway on inside to be in touch 8f out, ridden halfway, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 8l behind Spahi (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.