The top three in the weights all arrive in good form but IMPHAL has developed a winning habit having previously proved hard to place. Ellie Vaughan takes off 10lb to combat his latest penalty. Worcester winner Manintheshadows is tried in cheekpieces having failed to cope with the in-form Uno Mas at Ffos Las and Thirtyfourstitches looks a danger as his Ascot conqueror Getalead is on a roll and he was only beaten a length. Auenwirbel still looks a few pounds too high but Freethinker might be capable of better.
Imphal 5-4fav (11-10) Held up in rear, headway going well 4 out, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, clear flat, heavily eased towards finish, won at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (5) gd in Nov beating Dynali (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Thirtyfourstitches (IRE) 10-3 (11-1) Led, hit 3rd and next, ridden 2 out, headed narrowly next, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Getalead (11-12) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Manintheshadows (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Prominent, travelled strongly and ridden before 3 out, every chance and kept on before 2 out, outpaced and not reach leader, 2nd of 11, 13l behind Uno Mas (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Benny Flies High (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, lost place after 8th, well beaten next, pulled up before 3 out, at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Auenwirbel (GER) 17-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, slow 3 out, no extra next, 7th of 8, 9 3/4l behind Beau Haze (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in May.
Malinas Island 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, outpaced and kept on before 2, not reach leaders, 5th of 11, 26 3/4l behind Uno Mas (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Freethinker (IRE) 22-1 (10-9) Raced keenly and jumped left at times, chased winner until mistake 4 out, no impression before 2 out, 5th of 12, 14l behind Uno Mas (12-3) at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Sense Of Adventure (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, mistake 4 out, modest 5th when mistake 2 out, no impression, 6th of 12, 14 3/4l behind Uno Mas (12-3) at Huntingdon 3m 1f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Soarlikeaneagle (IRE) 11-1 (10-3) Held up, hit 3rd, not fluent next, mistake 6th, ridden after 3 out, headway to go third last, plugged on one pace, 3rd of 7, 10 1/2l behind Top Man (11-7) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Castcarrie (IRE) 125-1 (10-11) In rear, always behind, 9th of 14, dist behind Mr Glass (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Mr Fitzroy (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden and behind 7th, 9th of 15, 29 1/2l behind Tip Top Cat (11-9) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Mickyh (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Keen towards rear, ridden 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 11, dist behind Barrichello (10-12) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f (4) gs in Nov.
Givehimhisdew (IRE) 125-1 (10-0) Led until turning in, chased leader until between last two, ridden and weakened approaching last, 9th of 11, 37 1/2l behind Naturally High (11-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp (5) sft in Oct.
King Cool 11-4fav (10-6) Chased leader until after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 9, dist behind Reallyradical (12-0) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Timely Gift (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, made no impression, 6th of 11, 21 1/2l behind In Rem (10-9) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct.