Multellie is the senior runner in this but did win over course and distance in October. A frequent winner on the Flat, he was never travelling last time at Wetherby but that was probably an above-average contest. Mister Manduro is having a first run since June and has changed stables again since winning a Perth maiden in May while Raymond may need the experience today. BIG BAD BEAR showed plenty of promise at Aintree in October and made no mistake next time at Wetherby. That form is working out well and Nicky Richards’ novice is difficult to oppose in this.
Big Bad Bear (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Tracked leader until 2nd, handy 3rd, 2nd again 5th, led 2 out, ridden and edged right briefly run-in, led 2 out, stayed on, won at Wetherby 2m (2) sft in Nov beating Miah Grace (10-10) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Mister Manduro (FR) 12-1 (10-8) Led 4f, tracked leader, driven and lost place over 3f out, weakened final 2f, 12th of 13, 30 1/4l behind Arctic Fox (9-4) at York 1m 4f hcp (3) gs in Jun.
Multellie 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened after 4th, soon behind, tailed off 4 out, 7th of 13, dist behind Ribble Valley (11-4) at Wetherby 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Bear That N Mind (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off before 2 out, 7th of 13, dist behind First Lord De Cuet (11-0) at Southwell 2m mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Itsnotyouitsme 4-1 (10-12) In touch, headway 4th, ridden to chase clear winner before last, no chance, 2nd of 8, 36l behind Kiltealy Briggs (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f (4) hvy in Nov.
Off The Beat 12-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, lost place 6f out, well behind final 4f, tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Seven De Baune (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m (5) gd in May.
Operation Overlord (IRE) Jeremy gelding out of Alfreeze.
Raymond (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 22 1/2l behind Global Fame (10-12) at Southwell 2m (5) sft in Dec.
Saint Jude (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Towards rear most of way, 11th of 13, dist behind Hugos Other Horse (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn (5) gs in Feb.
Zealous (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Slowly away well in rear, late headway approaching final furlong, never nearer, 8th of 19, 20l behind Gamesters Icon (10-4) at Doncaster 1m 2f hcp (5) hvy in Oct.
Red Reminder 100-1 (10-5) Saddle slipped, pulled up before 2nd, at Carlisle 2m 4f (4) gs in Nov.
Ulterior Motives (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Ww twrds rr, 4th 1/2way, 2nd bef 5out, rdn bef 2out, 4l 2nd last, ko strgly flat & ld cl hm, won at Lingstown 3m mdn Yielding - Soft in Nov beating Jackie Daniels (11-11) by shd, 6 ran.