Tresor De Bontee landed a bit of a gamble at Hereford at the start of November. He may well be capable of better, though is 12lb higher now. Franklino has ability but lacks a recent run and Starlife has been a big disappointment since coming over from France. Enchanting Smile looks to be heading in the right direction, however, though may not be as well handicapped as HARRIS GARDEN. Paul Webber's gelding likes to race prominently and, in this big field, that should be a positive. He'll also be suited by the sharp track. Witchesintune may be best of the rest.
Thunder Sheik (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Held up, good headway approaching 3 out, chased leader 3 out, ridden before next, weakened approaching last, 5th of 10, 9l behind Benbane Head (11-11) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Secret World (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced on outside 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Goodtoknow (10-11) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Party Rock (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on outside, lost place 5th, closed before 3 out, soon carried head awkwardly, 3rd when not fluent 2 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Renoyr (11-1) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Flaming Charmer (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 9th of 12, 40l behind Uxizandre (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Tresor De Bontee (FR) 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, clear when not fluent last, stayed on well, won at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov beating Stevie Thunder (11-12) by 10l, 17 ran.
Franklino (FR) 3-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, headway to go 2nd before 3 out, every chance last, soon switched left, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 6l behind He's A Hawker (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun '11.
Mirific (FR) 5-1 (10-7) Led until not fluent 4th, weakened 2 out, lost 3rd last, 4th of 9, 28l behind Shutthefrontdoor (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Harris Garden (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Prominent, led 2nd, headed 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 9, 23l behind Tealissio (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Witchesintune 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, chased leaders under pressure next, kept on same pace, never on terms, 4th of 12, 37l behind Mickie (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Backhomeinderry (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 10, 21l behind Dawn Twister (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
No Through Road 13-2 (11-9) Tended to jump left, held up in touch, went 3rd 3 out, ridden and chance when went left 2 out, weakened went left again and hit last, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Endeavor (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Gizzit (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, went 2nd before 2 out, hit 2 out and lost 2nd, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Home Run (10-10) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) sft in Dec.
Celtic Intrigue (IRE) 5-2fav (11-3) Mid-division, headway before and not fluent 3 out, ridden before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 13, 7l behind Killimore Cottage (10-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Arte Del Calcio 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 15, 7l behind In The Crowd (10-12) at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Starlife (FR) 25-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, mistake 5th, struggling next, tailed off when hit 2 out, soon eased, last of 12, well behind Xaarcet (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Engai (GER) 11-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear and keen, headway 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and pressed before last, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Rocky Elsom (11-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Enchanting Smile (FR) 12-1 (10-5) Pulled hard in rear, headway 3 out, led after next, headed last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Accordingtopalm (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.