An ordinary opener where Shanxi Girl looks capable of getting back to winning ways at the main expense of Harry Collins and Festival Flyer. The selection was a fast ground course winner here last month before being stepped up in trip at Wincanton, but falling before we could truly tell if she stays. Her pedigree suggests that she will do, and with some Be My Native in her blood she should also act with cut so she will do for us. Harry Collins has not won since February 2005, but he has run somke very respectable races in defeat. However, a 3lb for not winning last time does not make this any easier. Festival Flyer has gone up 10lb for an eight length win over a similar trip at Wincanton last time and with conditions in his favour he can go very well again, while Ted Moss showed signs of ability last time and if straight enough after a seven month absence he can get involved. Bernard won over further than this at the track a couple of starts back but looks in the handicapper's grip now and preference is for Shanxi Girl.
Shanxi Girl 9-4fav (11-11) In touch when fell at the 6th in race won by Festival Flyer (10-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov, 8 ran.
Shuil An Burren (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Chased leader, mistakes 7th and 9th, weakened 13th and pulled up 5 out in race won by Ibberton (10-4) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov, 14 ran.
Mungo Jerry (GER) 18-1 (11-5) In touch, soon lost place and behind, 13th of 16, well behind Harbour Breeze (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Hugo Wolf (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Towards rear, some headway approaching 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, behind when pulled up 2 out in race won by Festival Flyer (10-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov, 8 ran.
Harry Collins 11-2 (10-8) Took keen hold early, tracked leaders in 4th, headway to track winner well before last, upsides and mistake last, kept on run-in but always held, 2nd of 7, nk behind Come Bye (11-7) at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Master Wolfe (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 14, 26l behind Pennek (10-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs.
Festival Flyer 14-1 (10-2) Chased leader, ridden 3 out, led approaching 2 out, driven clear flat, won at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov beating Saint Godegrand (11-12) by 8l, 8 ran.
Aspra (FR) 25-1 (10-8) Behind, ridden after 3 out, never in contention, 9th of 16, 29l behind Saunders Road (11-0) at Sandown 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Captain Becket 25-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, soon one pace, 4th of 12, 10l behind Popcorn Rosie (10-4) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in Nov.
Radnor Lad 14-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, lost place 5th and pulled up at the 7th in race won by Iwillrememberyou (10-5) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs, 13 ran.
Bright Green 16-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 18, 22l behind Jam Packed (11-10) at Towcester 2m amt hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Kalantera (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 43l behind Park Drive (10-12) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Ted Moss 13-2 (11-2) Soon with winner, hard driven into narrow advantage after 2 out, headed flat, kept on, 2nd of 11, nk behind No Complaint (11-10) at N Abbot 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in May.
Amber Brook (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway 7th, ridden to lead after 3 out, headed when fell 2 out in race won by Thehonourablelady (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Classic Ruby 66-1 (10-5) Behind, headway approaching 7th, chased leaders next, weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 14, 25l behind It's A Discovery (10-10) at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Gold Again (IRE) 4-1jt-fav (10-8) Towards rear, ridden 7th, one pace, 5th of 16, 15l behind Harbour Breeze (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Brave Jo (FR) 8-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 8th, ridden and every chance approaching 3 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 18, 7l behind Third Level Tom (11-5) at Exeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in May.
Bernard 3-1fav (11-1) Held up, ridden after 5th, headway after 7th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 11, 36l behind Whatcanisay (10-8) at Exeter 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (5) sft.
White Dove (FR) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden 8th and soon weakened, 13th of 15, 18l behind Lady of Scarvagh (11-12) at Worcester 3m mrs hcp hdl (4) gd in May '06.