LOVE CONQUERS comes out best of those with a handicap mark and went close over 1m3f at Windsor earlier. This extra distance will suit Ralph Beckett’s filly and she should have the measure of Relevant. The latter looks the biggest threat on these terms though was well beaten on an earlier attempt at today’s trip while Deshan makes his debut in this code having placed in bumpers last year and is fit from recent outings over hurdles.
Deshan (GER) 16-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, left in lead approaching 5th, headed 2 out, weakened before last, eased closing stages, 9th of 11, dist behind Dusky Raider (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Good Man (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden and weakened 4f out, tailed off, 10th of 12, dist behind Tonto's Spirit (10-0) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp (6) sft in Oct.
Percy Verence 125-1 (10-12) Well off the pace towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn stks (5) gs in Oct.
Color Force (IRE) 22-1 (8-7) Awkward start, held up in last but in touch, under pressure over 2f out, kept on well closing stages, never on terms, 4th of 6, 7 1/4l behind Hannington (9-2) at Yarmouth 1m 2f hcp (5) gf in Aug.
Archibelle 33-1 (8-10) In rear, ridden and headway over 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 7 1/2l behind Jonny Delta (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 6f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Love Conquers (JPN) 8-1 (9-5) Held up, headway and switched left over 1f out, nearest finish, 6th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Feint (9-5) at Chelmsford City 1m 2f hcp fll (5) pol in Oct.
Relevant (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Mid-division, outpaced over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, not pace to challenge, 5th of 13, 7 1/4l behind Restive (10-7) at Redcar 1m 2f hcp (6) gs in Oct.