Valtor doesn’t look the force of old and his stablemate Champagne Mystery has not managed to complete any of his last three starts, though improvement is possible over this longer trip. Jonjo O’Neill is also doubly represented but neither Ready And Able nor As You Like make much appeal either. Rocco is possibly better over shorter but this is an easy track. WANDRIN STAR was only beaten a head in his first run since wind surgery at Ascot in November with a subsequent outing coming in a Grade 3. he can take advantage of this drop in class to regain the winning thread. Calipso Collonges is another proven stayer so can’t be ignored but Head To The Stars has been woeful since landing this 12 months ago when a pound higher.
Valtor (FR) 8-1 (11-7) Towards rear, jumped slowly 12th, never on terms, 8th of 15, 34 1/2l behind Seeyouatmidnight (11-1) at Sandown 3m hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Wandrin Star (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, pushed along 5 out, soon weakened, hampered next, 6th of 8, dist behind Canelo (11-6) at Wetherby 3m hcp (1) sft in Dec.
Champagne Mystery (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Raced keenly, towards rear out wide, never on terms, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Feb.
Rocco (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Last pair, awkward 10th, never on terms, tailed off, 8th of 11, 36 3/4l behind Double Shuffle (11-2) at Kempton 3m hcp (2) gs in Jan.
Ready And Able (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Prominent, lost place before 4th, not fluent 7th, pushed along after 9th, headway 10th, went well held 4th 4 out, fell last, at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Calipso Collonges (FR) 18-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, outpaced 3 out, rallied on inside between last 2, kept on under pressure into one paced 3rd at the last, 3rd of 7, 9 1/4l behind Deise Aba (11-7) at Sandown 3m hcp (2) hvy in Feb.
As You Like (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Raced out wide and never closer than mid-division, struggling in last pair when pulled up before 17th, at Sandown 3m hcp (3) hvy in Feb.
Head To The Stars 40-1 (10-13) Towards rear, struggling 12th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up approaching 2 out, at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (3) hvy in Feb.