HONOURABLE GENT (NAP) won two of his last three in 2013 and was having his first start for over a year when falling when in the lead here last month. He looked to be feeling the pinch at the time but, with that under his belt, can start making up for lost time. Urban Kode has gone up 4lb for finishing runner-up to Claude Carter in that race, which looks harsh, while Devenish Island ran a shocker at Towcester on Boxing Day after looking as though a victory was imminent on his previous start. Luctor Emergo has scored over three miles here and that looks his trip.
Devenish Island 3-1fav (11-0) Held up in touch, jumped left at times, ridden when not fluent 3 out, weakened before next, 3rd of 7, 50l behind Bouggietopieces (10-7) at Towcester 2m 5f nov hcap hdle (4) gs in Dec.
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division, headway after 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 4th of 9, 11l behind Bless The Wings (11-12) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Oct.
Dotties Dilema (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) In rear, jumped slowly 1st, hit 6th and given reminder, behind from next, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Blue Kascade (11-10) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct, 8 ran.
Dr Beaujolais (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, jumped slowly 8th, soon struggling, weakened 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Royal Macnab (10-13) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Madrasa (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 4th, headed 3 out, ridden and no extra between last 2, 4th and beaten when pulled up before last, in a race won by Nefyn Bay (11-2) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan, 10 ran.
Abricot De L'Oasis (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 3rd from 2 out, jumped badly left last, no extra and lost 3rd place run-in, 6th of 13, 15l behind Stickleback (10-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Celtic Artisan (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Held up behind in touch, driven to chase leaders after 3 out, never on terms, weakened next, 6th of 7, well behind Beatabout The Bush (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Urban Kode (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden before and left in lead 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Claude Carter (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan.
High Fair 14-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up, in a race won by Teddy Tee (10-4) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Honourable Gent 4-1fav (10-8) In touch and keen, led 3 out, fell next, in a race won by Claude Carter (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan, 10 ran.