Ventura Dragon has produced his best efforts so far on faster going while the ground also looks a worry for both Polarbrook and Oriental Cross. The former won at Market Rasen back in May while the latter was successful at Newcastle in March and remains 7lb higher. It was only a seller that LESKINFERE finished second in at Stratford last month but he separated higher rated horses than these and may well be good enough to make a winning debut for new connections back in a handicap. Minella Examiner will be sharper for a recent comeback and could prove best of the rest handicapping for the first time on his second start after wind surgery.
Minella Examiner 20-1 (11-0) Jumped left in rear, never a factor, 9th of 14, 24 3/4l behind Hang In There (11-0) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Oriental Cross (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, hampered 2nd, close 2nd after 6th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 17 1/2l behind Oscar Rose (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Zamoyski 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 13, 13 1/4l behind Vibrance (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Leskinfere (IRE) 7-4 (10-12) Prominent, soon chased leader, ridden last, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 9, 3 1/4l behind Ballyellis (11-8) at Stratford 2m 3f (5) sft in Oct.
Ishyaboi (IRE) 9-1 (12-0) Always towards rear, mistake 4th, tailed off, last of 15, dist behind Lochinver (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Polarbrook (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, well beaten before 3 out, 8th of 10, dist behind Akkapenko (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Sheila's Fancy (IRE) 5-2fav (11-11) Led until jumped slowly and headed 1st, chased leaders, mistake 4th, weakened after next, tailed off from 4 out, 6th of 9, dist behind Lord Sparky (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Ventura Dragon (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, not fluent 4th or 5th, hampered 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 10 1/4l behind Lock's Corner (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Bob Maxwell (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Not jump well in rear, never involved, 7th of 11, 25l behind The Accountant (11-11) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Oct.