Lord Halifax returned an easy winner at Kempton last week on his second outing after a lay-off. Another bold bid is expected despite carrying a penalty but MATEWAN may just edge this. The latter scored at Ripon in August before missing out by only a nose at Wolverhampton on his reappearance and Ian William’s charge drops down in class today. Glutnforpunishment landed a double back in June but his best effort since came over hurdles while Gawdawpalin looked no nearer taking advantage of a slide down the weights when last seen in action back in the summer.
Matewan (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Taken to post early, tracked leader, ridden to lead 2f out, headed close home, 2nd of 5, shd behind Arabic Culture (9-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Lord Halifax (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Prominent, led over 2f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Dec beating Torolight (9-0) by 5l, 14 ran.
Tiar Na Nog (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Towards rear, clipped heels and stumbled over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Hindaam (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Gawdawpalin (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Prominent, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 9 1/4l behind Gas Monkey (9-10) at Newbury 1m 3f hcp (5) gs in Jun.
Glutnforpunishment 4-11fav (10-12) Prominent, challenged 4 out, pushed along when mistake 2 out, mistake and lost 2nd last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 6 1/2l behind Zeb Spirit (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) gd in Sep.
Renardeau 25-1 (9-7) Held up, always towards rear, reminders over 5f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 9, dist behind Grazeon Roy (9-6) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Dalakina (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 9 1/2l behind Sweet Celebration (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Pempie (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, never threatened leaders, 7th of 12, 5 1/2l behind Guroor (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (5) pol in Nov.