Ability to handle the heavy ground will be crucial here and QUOUSKO DE L'ISOP should be able to do so and step up on a really promising effort behind Gores Castle at Doncaster last time. He stuck on really well when headed and looks to be going the right way now after a below par effort previously. The trip looks ideal. Go Set Go looks the prime threat on form after a solid effort behind Heather Royal last time but is unproven on ground this testing whilst Brough Academy, in the frame on all four starts, may just need this having been absent since October. However, he certainly catches the eye, having joined Lawney Hill after showing up well in Irish bumpers and was a sound runner-up on his debut for the yard at Worcester.
Ballylifen (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Prominent, led 8f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon beaten, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Up To Something (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft.
Brough Academy (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway after 5th, chased winner 3 out, mistake next and last, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Elsafeer (10-12) at Worcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct.
Go Set Go 12-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway after 4th, led before 3 out, ridden and headed after 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Heather Royal (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Ivor's King (IRE) 22-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, headway over 6f out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 14, 28l behind Mister Newby (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft in Dec.
Lamblord (IRE) 80-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway approaching 2 out, soon chasing leaders, never able to challenge, 4th of 12, 9l behind Henry San (11-4) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Quousko de L'Isop (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Led and keen, ridden and headed run-in, soon weakened, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Gores Island (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Tish Bay 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, soon behind, 11th of 13, 39l behind Swing Bowler (11-0) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
I No Understand (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Gd hdwy 12; led 3 out; rdn out, won at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in May beating Tang Royal (10-7) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
It's A Killer 80-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, weakened from halfway, last of 15, well behind Viking Ridge (10-11) at Huntingdon 2m cond NH flat (6) gs in Dec.