Forest Silver is the one to beat, with Ghaill Force and Ouragan Lagrange the ones to chase him home. Forest Silver has progressed through the bumper ranks, and came good at the seventh time of asking over the course-and-distance in June, beating the more fancied Cockatoo narrowly. That was a moderate affair, but so is this, and the Seamus Mullins-trained inmate should be well up to defying a penalty despite being off the track a while. Ghaill Force is fitter, having been in action over the past month, and has been very consistent. He cannot get his head in front though, so maybe this longer trip will help. He is the main threat ahead of Ouragan Lagrange who has some scope, but who lacks experience. The rest make no appeal, and Forest Silver is the one to be on.
Forest Silver 7-4 (10-9) Led to after 2nd, chased leader, ridden and led after 3 out, hung right from 2 out, driven out flat, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gf in Jun beating Cockatoo (11-8) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Ghaill Force 9-2 (10-4) Held up, headway 3 out, hit 2 out, mistake last, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Truly Fruitful (11-2) at Stratford 2m ldy hcp hdl (4) gf in Oct.
Ouragan Lagrange (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders, hit 3 out, soon ridden and hung left, weakened, 5th of 11, 42l behind Boomshakalaka (11-2) at N Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Sovereign Spirit (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, led over 3f out, ridden and headed 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Diamond Key (8-12) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct (Flat).
Stormylad 200-1 (10-13) Always behind, lost touch 5th, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Carrick Oscar (11-4) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Romney Marsh 14-1 (10-3) Behind until pulled up at the 3rd in race won by Randolph O'Brien (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Oct, 13 ran.