The front-running Next Sensation didn’t last home in the Paddy Power and that may also be the case here. But he should ensure a decent gallop and that will suit LOST LEGEND, who stays further. Jonjo O'Neill's charge is high enough in the weights at present but ran well for a long way over 3m at Ascot last time after beating a decent sort at Bangor and is no forlorn hope in this. Royal Regatta won a novices' handicap at this meeting 12 months ago and generally runs well around here while Monetaire should be cashing in on a falling handicap mark sooner rather than later. Howlongisafoot was fifth at Chepstow, in a race in which Top Gamble was pulled up, and got back to winning ways at Taunton earlier this month and Niceonefrankie goes well fresh so also goes on the short-list.
Top Gamble (IRE) 15-2 (11-8) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Next Sensation (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Led after 1st, headed 10th, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 20, 27 1/2l behind Annacotty (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (1) gs in Nov.
Upsilon Bleu (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, every chance 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 3rd of 8, 17 1/2l behind Rascal (11-0) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Royal Regatta (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Started slowly, in rear, went modest 6th run-in, never on terms, 6th of 12, 28 1/4l behind Cold March (11-4) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp lst (1) gd in Oct.
Lost Legend (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leader, led 10th until 13th, chased leader until driven before 2 out, soon switched left, weakened soon after 2 out, 8th of 15, 17 1/2l behind Pendra (10-7) at Ascot 3m hcp (1) gd in Oct.
Kings Lad (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 3, 2l behind Doctor Phoenix (11-0) at Haydock 2m (2) sft in Nov.
Niceonefrankie 4-1fav (11-12) Led until 13th, chased leader until before 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, 9th of 12, 16 1/4l behind Rebel Rebellion (11-4) at Ascot 2m 5f hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Howlongisafoot (IRE) 9-2fav (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd 10th, not fluent 11th, challenged 2 out, led, jumped right and not fluent last, stayed on well, won at Taunton 2m 6f hcp (3) gd in Nov beating Shangani (11-8) by 3 3/4l, 9 ran.
Monetaire (FR) 12-1 (10-8) Towards rear, jumped slowly 3rd, some headway before 3 out, no extra last, 8th of 20, 19 1/2l behind Annacotty (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (1) gs in Nov.
Little Jon 4-1fav (11-6) Led 1st until 2nd, led 7th, headed before not fluent 9th, led after 3 out until 2 out, mistake last, weakened flat, 4th of 9, 10 1/4l behind Carrigmorna King (11-5) at Stratford 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Roc D'Apsis (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, close 3rd 2 out, led before last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Oct beating Key To The West (10-13) by 3 3/4l, 13 ran.
Upepito (FR) 2-1fav (10-6) Held up in rear, closed 8th, tracking leaders when slithered on landing and unseated rider 12th, at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.