Adecco has been showing improved form of late but Gary Moore's gelding has paid the penalty at the hands of the handicapper as a result and may be a shade high in the weights so preference is for Magot de Grugy, with The Hardy Boy rated the pick of the remainder. The selection stepped up on his reappearance run when successful at Chepstow last time and while an 8lb rise for that success looks harsh, the more testing conditions here are a huge advantage as is the form of Robert Alner's runners. Supreme Tadgh would need to improve on his reappearance run to take a hand, while Lindsay has yet to prove that he handles ground this testing. Khazar showed enough when sent here last term and has to be of interest, although a bigger threat is likely to come from The Hardy Boy. He will have no problems with the underfoot conditions but may be a shade high in the weights and preference is for Magot de Grugy.
Lindsay (FR) 13-2 (11-12) Chased leader, hit 4th, lost 2nd 6th, stayed handy until weakened 3 out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Silver Inngot (11-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Orfeo Conti (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 9th, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 10, 15l behind Gansey (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Safari Adventures (IRE) 3-1jt-fav (11-9) In touch and keen, headway after 5th, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 10, 18l behind Silver Prophet (11-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
The Hardy Boy 11-1 (10-5) In touch, lost place 10th, behind and no chance after, 6th of 11, 34l behind Cossack Dancer (11-9) at Folkestone 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Magot de Grugy (FR) 11-4fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, led 8th, ridden when mistake 2 out, kept on under pressure and edged right close home, won at Chepstow 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gs in Nov beating Lansdowne Princess (10-8) by a nk, 10 ran.
Adecco (IRE) 4-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, left 2nd 10th, led approaching 2 out, ridden when mistake last, carried left and badly hampered close home, not recover, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Golden Oak (10-8) at Towcester 2m 3f chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Supreme Tadgh (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, driven after 4 out, went moderate 3rd approaching next, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Victor Daly (10-6) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Khazar (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Always mid-division, 8th of 20, 17l behind Kia Kaha (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov.
Necker (FR) 33-1 (10-1) Led until narrowly headed soon after 4 out, chased winner until 3 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 9, 30l behind Silver Inngot (11-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Lescer's Lad 10-1 (10-7) Held up, ridden and headway 10th, weakened 2 out, 4th of 8, 15l behind Pedros Brief (11-7) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.