Chase The Wind belied big odds at Huntingdon for a first victory since 2016 and should be competitive despite a 6lb higher mark but HORATIO HORNBLOWER may have been slightly better opposition under Chester Williams at Ffos Las and can double up. Al Co is rising 15 and having a first run since August but is still capable, though may need faster going nowadays. Purcell's Bridge is preferred to Cusheen Bridge of the others.
Horatio Hornblower (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, soon ridden, left with clear advantage last, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Frankly Speaking (11-4) by 8l, 9 ran.
Al Co (FR) 9-1 (12-4) Chased leaders, jumped left throughout, disputed 2nd from 12th, hampered 6 out, soon weakened, tailed off from 4 out, remote 4th, last of 4, dist behind Kings Temptation (11-12) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (4) gf in Aug.
Chase The Wind (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 8th, led 2 out, clear flat, stayed on, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Almost Gold (11-13) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Cusheen Bridge (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Led 2nd, headed 4th, mistake 12th, not fluent and struggling 4 out, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 7, dist behind Hes No Trouble (12-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 22-1 (11-6) Held up up in touch, chased leaders after 4th, lost place when mistake 5 out, soon lost touch, left remote 4th next, tailed off, 4th of 8, dist behind Knockoura (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.