None of these can be easily dismissed. Vibrato Valtat won a bumper when trained in France and has to come into the reckoning now representing the Nicholls team while Juno The Muffinman has been in fine form over hurdles. The latter's stablemate Third Half and Rano Pano are both winners on the Flat at this track and could figure but the tentative vote goes to DOCS LEGACY. He's also a winner on the level here but his recent placed efforts over timber are a match for any of today's rivals and Richard Fahey's charge can come out best.
Docs Legacy (IRE) 11-4fav (10-7) Held up in touch on inside, headway after 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, every chance last, soon ridden, kept on, held flat, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Cayman Islands (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Juno The Muffinman (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders early, soon dropped into mid-division, ridden before 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 10, 28l behind Captain Cardington (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Third Half 10-3 (11-4) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, ridden and headed when went left 2 out, weakened before last, tailed off, 8th of 10, 50l behind Mcvicar (10-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Vibrato Valtat (FR) 10-3 (10-7) Mistakes, took keen hold in rear, not fluent 2nd, mistake and stumbled 4th, headway to 3rd 4 out, chased winner before next, trying to close when mistake 2 out, well held when blundered last, 2nd of 5, 8l behind L'unique (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft.
Rano Pano (USA) 9-2 (10-4) Hampered 1st, mid-division, headway approaching 5th, not fluent 2 out, chased winner when not fluent last, no impression, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Rowlestone Lad (11-5) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) sft in Nov.