RED MIX and Comber Mill top and tail this handicap and could fight out the finish. The former gets heavy ground for the first time in this country so gets the nod being a pound lower back over hurdles than when a close second to the useful Flashing Glance at Ludlow at the start of the year. Alastair Ralph’s charge goes particularly well here and found 2m4f too far last time while Poucor is only 2lb higher than when successful on heavy going at Plumpton last month. Demon D'Aunou hasn’t won in more than two years and wasn’t getting any closer in the summer while the maiden Desque De L'Isle also needs more.
Red Mix (FR) 10-3 (11-2) Tore off in front and soon well clear, not fluent and reduced lead 9th, headed before 4 out, mistake and weakened 2 out, 3rd of 7, 13 1/2l behind Hatcher (11-12) at Ludlow 2m hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Ninepointsixthree 66-1 (11-4) Virtually refused to race, tailed off and pulled up going out on final circuit, at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Demon D'Aunou (FR) 6-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway after 8th, not quicken and hanging left after 2 out, mistake last, no extra flat, 4th of 9, 11l behind Floki (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Jun.
Christopher Robin (IRE) 25-1 (12-1) Chased leaders on inside, ridden and weakened quickly after 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, dist behind Thomas Macdonagh (11-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Poucor 8-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged after 3 out until 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 16, 9l behind Dorking Boy (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Present From Dubai (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Held up last, pushed along before 3 out, 4th and one pace from next, 4th of 7, 33 3/4l behind Always Resolute (11-10) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Jan.
Desque De L'Isle (FR) 5-2 (10-12) Keen, led, headed approaching 2 out, short of room soon after, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 9, 27l behind Stolen Silver (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Demopolis (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, mistake and behind 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, at Warwick 2m hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Sastruga (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along before 3 out, kept on same pace, never a threat, 6th of 16, 25 1/2l behind Getaway Fred (10-12) at Chepstow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Comber Mill (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 5th, headed 3 out, 3rd and no extra before last, 3rd of 9, 24l behind Informateur (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.