The phrase 'ultra competitive' is an understatement when describing this contest where a shortlist of 12 can easily b made but a selection must be given and that goes to DOCTOR ROBERT who can bounce back for a last time out disappointment with Viscount Rossini and Faversham also clsoe to heading the list. Things went badly wrong for the selection last time as he was pulled up when well out of contention. Something must have been amiss that day with previous form strong in races like this including going close off this mark two starts ago and he is well treated under these conditions. Viscount Rossini has been running well of late and always seems to run his race. He's now off a mark 14lbs heavier than his last winning one but was competitive last time to run on well and claim a runners up spot. Faversham is another competing above his last winning mark this time to the tune of 12lbs. It does seemed to have stop him winning but not running well and expect him in the prize money. L'Homme de Nuit ran a decent seasonal reappearance race last time while Coconut Beach, Cursum Perficio, Nearby, Orpen Wide and King's Majesty all have a similar consistent profile to suggest winners waiting to happen but at the weights Doctor Robert is best choice.
Cursum Perficio 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden and headway when blundered 2 out, no chance after, 7th of 8, 11l behind Stradbrook (11-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Jan.
Gleann An Sagart 100-1 (10-10) Led, ridden when headed approaching last, weakened, 7th of 17, 17l behind Culcabock (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Dec.
Orpen Wide (IRE) 80-1 (11-6) Mid-division, weakened 6 out, tailed off when pulled up 4 out in race won by Almaydan (11-12) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Jan, 15 ran.
L'Homme de Nuit (GER) 8-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway after 5th, ridden and every chance from 2 out, no extra final 75 yards, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Wise Men Say (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Sam Lord 9-4 (10-8) In touch, headway 5th, went 2nd next, ridden after 3 out, weakened after next, 4th of 11, 30l behind Qrackers (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
King's Majesty (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden when hit 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 17l behind Ned Ludd (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov.
Coconut Beach 9-2 (11-11) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 30l behind Just Waz (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f cnd sll hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Moon Mix (FR) 50-1 (10-2) In rear, ridden on wide outside when hit 2 out, no danger after, 9th of 15, 8l behind Ingratitude (11-9) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Dec.
Faversham 11-2 (11-4) Chased leader to 2nd, remained prominent, not fluent 4th, challenging when not fluent 2 out, ridden approaching last, not quicken towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Captain Tidds (11-4) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Doctor Robert 13-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, behind from 6th, well tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Mount Benger (11-7) at Folkestone 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan, 15 ran.
Nearby 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, no impression, 6th of 16, 28l behind Ainama (11-4) at Kempton 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Siegfrieds Night (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Behind when mistake and rider lost iron 4th, soon lost touch and pulled up 5 out in race won by La Grande Villez (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Aug '07, 13 ran.
Viscount Rossini 33-1 (10-7) Chased leader, upsides winner, every chance 2 out, no chance before last, kept on well flat to hold 2nd, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Hohlethelonely (10-9) at Kempton 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Mambo Sun 5-4fav (11-5) Chased winner until mistake 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 35l behind Freeze The Flame (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (4) gf in Sept '06.