A couple of recent placed efforts over C&D suggest BARI BAY can play a leading role in this low-key opener. Best suited by heavy ground, the four-year-old can make the most of the weight he receives from Mister Fizzbomb who was beaten in a seller at Fakenham on his latest start. Lady Of Ashcott showed her first glimpse of form over C&D last time but can't be relied upon to reproduce that effort while Smokey George needs to show more, though is dropped in class here.
Don Jose (USA) 150-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in mid-division, hit 2nd, never on terms, 8th of 12, 30l behind Safran De Cotte (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Illysantachristina 100-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, pushed along approaching 5th, beaten before 3 out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Mediolanum (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Mister Fizzbomb (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead 2 out, headed soon after last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Brilliant (10-7) at Fakenham 2m cnd sll hcp hdl 0-85 (5) gd in Oct.
Dramatic Jewel (USA) 100-1 (11-8) Mid-division, driven and outpaced 3 out, ridden and weakened next, 7th of 13, 50l behind Midnight Opera (11-1) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Railway Park (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Prominent in 4th, lost place from 5th, pushed along approaching 6th, pulled up before last, in a race won by Sambelucky (9-11) at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd, 16 ran.
Sarah's Boy 66-1 (10-7) Mistake 2nd, behind most of way, tailed off, 9th of 16, 43l behind Accordintolawrence (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Smokey George 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, 12th of 17, well behind Black Phantom (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Nov.
Bari Bay 8-1 (10-0) Held up in rear on outside, headway after 4 out, effort when edged left and bumped rival after next, led 2 out, edged left, headed last, ridden and no extra flat, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Simone Martini (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Lady Of Ashcott 14-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th, mistake 6th, soon outpaced, no impression after, plugged on to retake 2nd flat, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Marino Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Form And Beauty (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Behind and not fluent, not on terms when went 6th 2 out, went 4th latter stages, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 19l behind Bedarra Boy (11-9) at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Wishes Or Watches (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up, mistake and fell 2nd, in a race won by Roc De Guye (11-7) at Fakenham 2m cond hcp chs 0-85 (5) gs in Nov, 7 ran.
A P Ling 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, ridden and lost place when not fluent next, beaten after 5th, 6th of 11, 21l behind Baggsy (10-0) at Towcester 2m nov sll hdl (5) sft in Nov.