CAROLE'S DESTRIER was beaten only a short-head when runner-up at Taunton on his debut. The winner Kilmurvy has since gone in again and the Neil Mulholland's charge gets the vote. Don't Be Late also found only one too good at Warwick last month and he should be in the mix while Orchard Boy will no doubt improve on his debut effort at Bangor. The newcomers Alls It is and Morito Du Berlais are worth a second glance in the betting representing powerful yards especially the latter, a half-brother to smart hurdler Nikita Du Berlais.
Alls It Is Beat All gelding out of Binny Bay.
Carole's Destrier 25-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 4f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd last 100 yards, just failed, 2nd of 13, shd behind Kilmurvy (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Don't Be Late (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on, unable to challenge, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Werenearlyoutofit (10-13) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
General Samarski 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Mason David Brown (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul.
Lucanor (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Tracked leader, driven over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 39l behind Baltimore Rock (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (6) gs in Nov.
Orchard Boy (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Last pair, ridden and struggling over 3f out, plugged on final 2f, 6th of 10, 11l behind Even If (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Samdellin 10-1 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 9, well behind Hellorboston (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Tilt Du Chatelier (FR) 25-1 (10-9) Held up, took keen hold, always in rear, lost touch final 7f, last of 12, well behind Pure Science (11-5) at Warwick 2m mdn NH flat (6) sft.
Genes Quest 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division on inside, headway 7f out, outpaced 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 14, 10l behind Cevaro (10-7) at Hereford 2m 1f mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) gs in Nov.
Kicks Milan (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Held up in touch on outsside, lost place over 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 8th of 10, 40l behind Tonvadosa (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Mackeson Baryshnikov gelding out of Travelling Lady.
Morito Du Berlais (FR) Turgeon gelding out of Chica Du Berlais.
Alicesam 18-1 (9-12) In rear, headway over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 20l behind Flemens Pride (11-3) at Newcastle 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy.