Young Phoenix is not at all badly treated on last season’s form and probably needed last month’s run at Southwell. Todd has placed twice over 2m4f here recently and won at Worcester in September but has only raced over this longer trip once before and pulled up. MASTER OF FINANCE was just behind here in October but has the best of the weights today. The trip is an unknown but Maxime Tissier takes off a handy 5lb and rides this course as well as anyone. Saucysioux is a course and distance winner and is preferred to Little Millie of the others.
Little Millie (IRE) 7-2fav (11-9) In touch in mid-division, went 2nd before 2 out until last, no extra flat, 4th of 9, 13 1/2l behind Quri (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Ringmoylan (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Always behind, lost touch 6th, tailed off, 22nd of 23, dist behind Palmers Hill (11-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Master Of Finance (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, slow next, ridden 3 out, weakened next, last of 3, dist behind Ontopoftheworld (11-12) at Fakenham 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Todd 9-4fav (10-10) Held up, ridden and headway bend approaching last, stayed on to go a never nearer 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Mizen Master (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp (5) gf in Nov.
Saucysioux 66-1 (12-0) Raced wide, tracked leaders, pushed along and lost place before 4 out, tailed off, last of 9, dist behind Bisoubisou (10-2) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Cassivellaunus (IRE) 9-2jfav (11-10) Prominent, led narrowly 3rd, headed after 5th, soon pushed along, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, 12th of 14, 37l behind Legend Of France (11-6) at Plumpton 2m hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Young Phoenix (IRE) 18-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 9th of 13, 33 1/2l behind Miss Spent (11-7) at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Sizing Sahara 10-1 (11-2) Awkward 1st, pushed along at times, towards rear, weakened before 8th, tailed off when mistake 10th, pulled up before next, at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp (5) gd in Nov.