Jolly's Cracked It loves it here but all of his victories have come over 2m. Harry Fry may have stronger claims with Air Horse One, who is a course and distance winner in decent form at present. Malaya is interesting as she slips further down the weights while Dorking Boy may not have stayed 3m1f at Huntingdon. Myplaceatmidnight has been knocking on the door but is still edging up the handicap and Eden Du Houx has been harshly assessed for winning a Chepstow novice event when he was getting 6lb from the runner-up. THE CON MAN (NAP) has improved with every run and won in a canter last time at Kelso. A 7lb rise is fully justified as he should have plenty more to offer. Prudhomme probably needed last month’s run at Taunton and may prove the pick of the remainder.
Blu Cavalier 12-1 (11-11) Off the pace in 5th after 2nd, weakened 4 out, 7th of 11, 16 3/4l behind Mill Green (11-1) at Sandown 2m hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Malaya (FR) 11-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 30 1/4l behind Mack The Man (10-1) at Sandown 2m hcp lst (1) hvy in Dec.
Jolly's Cracked It (FR) 14-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, pushed along and went 3rd before 2 out, ridden approaching last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Thomas Darby (11-12) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (1) hvy in Jan.
Myplaceatmidnight 4-1 (11-9) Chased leader until 4th, chased leaders, led 3 out, clear before next, dived at last, headed and no extra final 150 yards, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Limited Reserve (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (2) hvy in Jan.
Air Horse One 9-5fav (11-12) Started slowly in standing start, soon recovered on outside chasing leaders, went 2nd 4th, led after next until 6th, chased new leader 3 out, ridden and well held before next, weakened into 3rd before last, 3rd of 10, 6 1/2l behind Limited Reserve (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (2) hvy in Jan.
The Con Man (IRE) 11-10fav (10-5) Held up, closed from 4th, went 2nd normal 3 out, led approaching omitted last, edged right, went clear, stayed on, won at Kelso 2m 5f hcp (2) sft in Jan beating Mcgowan's Pass (10-2) by 6 1/2l, 6 ran.
Fleur Irlandaise (FR) 50-1 (11-0) Raced wide, held up in last pair, bit closer 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out until ridden between last 2, weakened quickly soon after, 5th of 6, 7 3/4l behind Lady Buttons (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 1f (1) gs in Jan.
Garo De Juilley (FR) 40-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, mistakes, stayed on from 2 out, went after last, no impression on leaders, 4th of 12, 18l behind Simply The Betts (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Eden Du Houx (FR) 6-5fav (11-4) Made all, hit 2 out, ridden and hung left just before last, ran on, won at Chepstow 2m (4) hvy in Jan beating Mario De Pail (11-10) by shd, 8 ran.
Dorking Boy 6-1 (10-13) Mid-division, took keen hold, not much room and stumbled after 2nd, ridden 3 out, effort 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 14, 7 1/4l behind Phoenix Way (11-4) at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Distingo (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up well off the pace towards rear, good headway on wide outside 2 out, 5th and no impression when hit last, 5th of 11, 12 3/4l behind Mill Green (11-1) at Sandown 2m hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Le Milos 9-1 (11-7) Raced wide, held up in 4th, good headway chasing leaders 5th, 2nd briefly before next, disputing well held 2nd 2 out until ridden and hung left between last 2, mistake and weakened last, 4th of 8, 9 3/4l behind Annsam (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Prudhomme (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, in 4th place before 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 9l behind Earth Moor (10-6) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Clondaw Cian (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Towards rear, closer on outside before 2 out, weakened between last 2, 6th of 17, 18 1/4l behind Limited Reserve (10-3) at Sandown 2m 7f hcp (1) hvy in Feb.
Nordano (GER) 14-1 (11-8) Chased winner to 4th, pushed along and lost place before 5th, rallied under pressure to take 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 11l behind Goshen (11-8) at Ascot 2m (3) hvy in Jan.