Richard Fahey has sent out four of the last 10 winners but Jan Van Hoof is worse off with last year's winner Johnny Cavagin on running at Pontefract in September. Fullon Clarets also represents Fahey and is not badly treated on last year's best form but Swift Approval still looks high enough in the weights. Red Tycoon continued to rise in the handicap after winning at Ayr early last year and is now 12lb higher while Intisaab was well beaten in last year's renewal but went on to land a double. Jockey bookings suggest the latter's stablemate Provident Spirit is preferred despite not winning last year but a chance is taken on HARLEQUIN STRIKER. He notched-up a double last season including a win in soft ground at Epsom and could be thereabouts.
Jan Van Hoof (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Keen, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 5 1/2l behind Afjaan (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Provident Spirit 33-1 (9-4) Raced stand side, chased leaders, lost place well over 2f out, 11th of 22, 10 1/4l behind Westwood Hoe (9-3) at Doncaster 7f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Fullon Clarets 8-1 (9-4) Made most, hung right on bend 5f out, ridden 2f out, soon headed, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 20, 6 1/2l behind Bertiewhittle (9-7) at York 7f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Red Tycoon (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Close up, ridden 2f out, faded inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 8 1/2l behind Afjaan (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (4) pol in Nov.
Harlequin Striker (IRE) 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Flying Hammer (9-2) at Ascot 7f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Moonlightnavigator (USA) 5-1 (9-1) With leader, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 3 1/4l behind Bold Prediction (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hcp (3) pol in Feb.
Alexandrakollontai (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Raced centre, slowly into stride, held up in rear, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 22, 7 1/4l behind Westwood Hoe (9-3) at Doncaster 7f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Musaaid (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places close home, 4th of 5, 5 3/4l behind Mister Brightside (9-5) at Newmarket 7f hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Johnny Cavagin 20-1 (9-4) Steadied and awkwardly away, took keen hold towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 5 1/4l behind Spring Loaded (9-0) at Kempton 6f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Boots And Spurs 7-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 9, 10 3/4l behind Captain Revelation (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Purple Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 21 1/4l behind Lear's Rock (9-4) at Newbury 1m hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Properus (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) In touch, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 5 1/4l behind Arnold Lane (9-4) at Catterick 7f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Crew Cut (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Raced stand side, tracked leader, hung left over 2f out, weakened quickly, 17th of 22, 18 1/2l behind Westwood Hoe (9-3) at Doncaster 7f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Barkston Ash 25-1 (9-1) Raced stand side and overall leader until ridden over 1f out, no extra, 9th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Brando (9-0) at Haydock 6f hcp (3) sft in Sep.
Intisaab 9-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced 3f out, soon ridden, never a threat, 6th of 8, 6 1/4l behind Donncha (9-9) at Redcar 7f hcp (3) gf in Jun.
Muntadab (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, soon tracking leaders, hung right and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 10 1/2l behind Mr Bossy Boots (9-7) at Kempton 7f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Captain Lars (SAF) 16-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 19 1/4l behind Razin' Hell (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Sir Billy Wright (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Dwelt close up on inner, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 8 3/4l behind Razin' Hell (9-1) at Southwell 6f hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Gurkha Friend 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 3 3/4l behind Jammy Guest (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (4) pol in Mar.
Pull The Plug (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) In touch, outpaced halfway, stayed on approaching final furlong, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 5 1/2l behind Alexandrakollontai (8-13) at Hamilton 6f hcp fll (3) gf in Sep.
Swift Approval (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Shootingsta (8-13) at Musselburgh 7f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Mount Tahan (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, one pace and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Flying Hammer (9-2) at Ascot 7f hcp (3) gd in Oct.