Experimentalist started co-favourite on the Flat here on Friday but never threatened while Cock Of The Rock won over hurdles at Worcester on his latest start but that was back in July. Thomas Crapper will be flushed with success after scoring at Towcester last month and should be thereabouts while we haven't seen the best of Whisky Yankee yet. SWITCHED OFF couldn't cope with a rise in class over hurldes at Kempton last time but has been placed on the Polytrack on the Flat and Donald McCain's charge gets the tentative vote in this. Rysbrack is a half-brother to an all-weather winner on the level and is another with claims.
Amok (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Chased leaders to before 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 14l behind Swing Bowler (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) sft.
Arrayan 14-1 (12-7) Some hdwy 14; nvr trbld ldrs, 4th of 9, 12l behind Mahonia (12-0) at Cornwall Hunt 3m ptp gs in Dec.
Artisan 9-2 (11-6) Held up behind, headway after 3 out, ridden to chase leading pair between last 2, kept on flat, no impression, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Chat Room (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Cock Of The Rock (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) With leader, led 5th, made rest, reminder when joined after 8th, ridden 2 out, edged right under pressure flat, just held on, won at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jul beating Royal Scoundrel (10-12) by shd, 9 ran.
Experimentalist 2-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, left 3rd 3 out, ridden to challenge after 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Face Value (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jul.
Formulation (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd from last until no extra near finish, 4th of 14, 7l behind Waltz Darling (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Have You Seen Me (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Led to 12th, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Unioniste (9-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Royal Opera 50-1 (10-2) Behind, weakened halfway, tailed off 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Bakbenscher (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Rysbrack (USA) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, outpaced in 3rd when switched left approaching 2 out, no impression before last, 4th of 10, 17l behind River Maigue (11-0) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Switched Off 12-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, no chance in 6th when hung right from approaching 2 out, 6th of 11, 28l behind Whitby Jack (10-5) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft.
Thomas Crapper Evensfav (11-4) Tracked leaders, challenged 5th, led after next, soon clear, easily, won at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec beating Radio Nowhere (10-7) by 28l, 8 ran.
Whisky Yankee (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden to chase winner before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Bucking The Trend (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Snowed In (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders until outpaced approaching 3 out, stayed on again from last, 5th of 13, 14l behind King of Dudes (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft.