Welsh Saint proved his stamina and was possibly a shade unlucky at Exeter and looks the stable pick ahead of Sleight Of Hand but there was plenty of promise in the run of FIRAK at Chepstow when Dan Skelton had left something to work on. It will be disappointing if the four-year-old can’t build on that as he gains experience. Useful bumper horse Some Detail was heavily punted at Carlisle and is another likely improver and Towards The Dawn was very green at Ludlow at the start of the year. Several others look capable of winning in novice company including Kalooki, Clondaw Promise and Hacksaw Ridge.
Clondaw Promise (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Towards rear, plugged on in modest 4th from 2 out, 4th of 10, 12 1/4l behind Boss Man Fred (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in Nov.
Dom Garo Cateline (FR) 40-1 (11-0) In rear when fell 2nd, at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gs in Mar.
Firak (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Held up, good headway chasing leaders after 3rd, went 2nd 3 out until before the last, lost 3rd final strides, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Sevarano (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Hacksaw Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Towards rear, plugged on same pace from 2 out, 6th of 10, 21 1/4l behind Boss Man Fred (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f (4) gd in Nov.
Major Dundee (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 27 3/4l behind Son Of Camas (11-0) at Newbury 2m (5) gs in Nov.
Richie Valentine 100-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on inside, not fluent and lost place 4th, soon weakened, last of 12, dist behind Shanacoole Prince (10-12) at Hereford 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Sleight Of Hand (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leader, outpaced over 2f out, stayed on well approaching final furlong, never a threat, 4th of 8, 3 3/4l behind Enrilo (11-9) at Kempton 2m (5) gd in Feb.
Some Detail (IRE) 13-8fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced after 3 out, soon beaten, 4th of 10, 21l behind Multellie (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f (4) sft in Oct.
Somekindofstar (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in touch in rear, headway into 2nd 2 out, kept on, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Present Ranger (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f (4) gd in May.
Straw Fan Jack 66-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway 5th, 4th before 2 out, no impression, one pace, 4th of 12, 14 1/4l behind Shanacoole Prince (10-12) at Hereford 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Towards The Dawn 10-1 (11-6) Very slow 1st and when in rear 2nd, jumped right and not fluent 3rd, headway before 3 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, should improve, 3rd of 11, 6 1/4l behind Smackwater Jack (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn (4) gs in Jan.
Welsh Saint (FR) 7-1 (10-12) Held up, headway after 4 out, every chance from 2 out, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 9, nk behind Cat Tiger (10-12) at Exeter 2m 6f (3) sft in Nov.
Writteninthesand (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway on outside chasing leaders over 4f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 9th of 18, 16 1/4l behind Confirmation Bias (11-2) at Wincanton 1m 7f (5) gs in Nov.
Agent Valdez 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, not always fluent, struggling 4 out, 9th of 12, dist behind Winter Getaway (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f (4) sft in Nov.
Cobra Angel (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Raced wide in mid-division, mistake 3rd, headway chasing leaders 5th, pushed along and losing place when hit 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 16, 22 3/4l behind Queens Cave (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f (4) sft in Nov.
Top Of The Morning (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, lost place 1st, soon in rear, under pressure 4th, behind when pulled up after 6th, at Southwell 2m 4f mdn (5) gs in Jun.
Kalooki (GER) 11-2 (10-12) Not jump well, rear of mid-division, behind 4 out, stayed on from 2 out, went never dangerous 4th flat, 4th of 13, 18 3/4l behind Espoir De Romay (10-12) at Warwick 2m 3f (4) gs in Nov.
Apple Rock (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Ld & disp, 1/2l 2nd 5out, 5l 2nd when mstk 2out, nt mtch wnr bef last, kow, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Shishkin (11-11) at Lingstown 3m mdn gd in Nov.