Ecco was beaten seven lengths at Doncaster but awarded the race when the first past the post weighed in light. He races off the same mark here but others are potentially better treated including stable companion Switch Hitter, winner of a novice event here last month, and the lightly-raced Barbados Blue. Whatsupwithyou has gone up 5lb for finishing second at Cheltenham and Riggs is 9lb higher than when scoring at Uttoxeter. COEUR DE LION beat a big field in the Ascot Stakes on the Flat in June under a claimer. Max Browne has ridden the versatile seven-year-old in the past and his 10lb allowance could be a real plus today. His mount was staying on nicely at Newbury last month back over hurdles. Dream Berry and Rathhill share the same ownership and are not out of this but Runswick Bay is trying a new trip on his handicap debut against battle-hardened rivals.
Jarveys Plate (IRE) 2-1jfav (11-4) Midfield, not fluent 3rd, ridden and effort 4 out, kept on at one pace after 2 out, 5th of 8, 23 1/2l behind Amalfi Doug (10-6) at Perth 3m hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Whatsupwithyou (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway before 5th, went 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, 4 lengths ahead last, hung right flat, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Stimulating Song (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Monte Cristo (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway after 8th, ridden and weakened before last, 8th of 14, 19 1/4l behind Jacamar (10-0) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Ecco 13-2 (11-7) With leaders, pushed along before 3 out, strongly ridden 2 out, not fluent last, ran on to grab second flat, finished second, placed first, 2nd of 8, at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Rathhill (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division out wide, pushed along and outpaced before 3 out, never dangerous after, plugged on past beaten horses run-in, 7th of 12, 13l behind Flash The Steel (11-11) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Coeur de Lion 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, made headway approaching 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, made no impression from last, 6th of 12, 11 1/2l behind Hill Sixteen (10-4) at Newbury 3m hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Switch Hitter (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Led, headed 5th, prominent, led again approaching 2 out, ridden and ran on, won at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in Nov beating Malinello (10-12) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Push The Tempo (IRE) 9-4 (9-7) Led, ridden and effort over 3f out, soon headed, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 8, 11 1/4l behind Tao Te Ching (8-9) at Nottingham 1m 6f stks (4) sft in Oct.
Riggs (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear on outside, mistake 7th, headway approaching 3 out, 3rd when mistake 2 out, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov beating Java Point (11-7) by 8l, 11 ran.
Let's Get At It (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Led 3 til hdd aft 12; lft in ld 3 out; hdd aft nxt; wknd flat, 4th of 14, 11 3/4l behind Earth Leader (11-9) at Larkhill 3m gd in Dec.
Runswick Bay 7-4fav (10-12) Wore hood to post, chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, challenged 2 out, led narrowly last, strongly pressed and kept on gamely towards finish, won at Taunton 2m (4) gd in Nov beating Confirmation Bias (10-12) by hd, 14 ran.
Tel'art (FR) 8-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, plugged on run-in, 5th of 11, 6 1/4l behind Supakalanistic (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Barbados Blue (IRE) 1-8fav (10-12) Tracked leader, hit 4 out, led next and soon clear, very easily, won at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in May beating Prophets Prayer (10-12) by 30l, 3 ran.
Top Man (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Prominent, fell 7th, at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Distingo (IRE) 28-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, headway and switched left off inside before 2 out, 4th and one pace before the last, 4th of 11, 5 1/2l behind Supakalanistic (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Who's My Jockey (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, not always fluent, ridden and weakened after 2 out, 9th of 10, 35 3/4l behind On The Blind Side (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp lst (1) sft in Nov.
Dream Berry (FR) 18-1 (11-10) Never closer than mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, soon outpaced and never on terms after, tailed off, 7th of 10, 28 3/4l behind Portrush Ted (11-12) at Sandown 2m 7f hcp (2) hvy in Dec.