A winner twice in decent company for Nicky Henderson, it’s a worry that his first start following a lengthy absence is in a seller. Floating Rock has also changed stables since a poor run when favourite for a Huntingdon handicap but he should figure in this grade. Skeaping was no match for The Twisler at Fakenham but that was a better effort. LARCH HILL was on the retreat when falling over fences at Carlisle but should fare better with that run under his belt on this easier track.
Skeaping 11-4jfav (10-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden after 2 out, soon held, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 8l behind The Twisler (10-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Floating Rock (GER) 11-4fav (11-11) Led until 1st, prominent, mistake 5th, led before 3 out, not fluent and headed 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 17, dist behind Takeit Easy (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Doux Pretender (FR) 7-1 (10-12) In touch, 3rd when hit 4 out, ridden and no impression from 3 out, jumped left last, 3rd of 7, 10 3/4l behind Potterman (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f (3) gd in Jun.
Highland Bobby 14-1 (11-3) Held up, pushed along 3 out, some minor late headway, 4th of 12, 16 3/4l behind Radjash (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Larch Hill (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Raced freely, disputing lead when bad mistake and rider lost iron briefly 2nd, not fluent 3rd, soon led, headed before 4th, weakening when fell 7th, at Carlisle 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Mega Mind (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway from 7th, ridden, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
My Destiny (IRE) 66-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, switched right before 3 out, 2nd approaching 2 out, ridden to lead narrowly between last 2, ridden and edged right run-in, all out, won at Fontwell 2m 3f mdn (5) gs in Jan beating Carrick Roads (11-6) by ns, 12 ran.
Ragtag Rascal (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always in rear, never a factor, tailed off and pulled up before last, at Taunton 2m (5) sft in Dec.
Marie's Girl 250-1 (10-9) Jumped left, awkward and bumped 1st, always towards rear, tailed off 8th, pulled up after, at Stratford 2m 6f mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Invincible Sea (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Always in rear, 12th of 13, dist behind Pisgah Pike (11-7) at Plumpton 2m (4) gd in Oct.