Stellenbosch is the preferred option over Terenzium and Breaking Shadow, while Mr Midaz also has claims on the best of his form. The last named especially being worth an interest if he is supported at fancy odds. Admittedly, Mr Midaz has not stood much racing of late but he will have benefited from his recent blow out at Carlisle. This flatter track will be more to his liking and Donal Willians' charge can go well at a fair price. Breaking Shadow is likely to be popular in the betting, as he has won his last two starts in good style. Those successes came in modest races, though. And he needs to pull out a bit more at this level. Terenzium is a consistent type that represents a yard in good form. This course and distance holds no fear for the son of Cape Cross and, assuming everything dropped right for him, a victory would not be coming out of turn. However, Stellenbosch drops into a more appropriate grade today and, with the ground in his favour, this lightly raced (over hurdles) gelding, can make the long journey from Charlie Mann's yard in Lamborn worthwhile today.
Red Wine 13-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders until weakened after 2 out, 9th of 27, 14l behind Spectroscope (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grd 1 (A) gd in Mar '03.
Ela Re 7-1 (11-4) Unruly start, in rear, headway on outside after 6th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 11, 23l behind Dishdasha (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Stellenbosch (USA) 28-1 (10-7) Held up, headway 4th, weakened approaching 2 out, 10th of 11, 33l behind Jack The Giant (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Balyan (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Held up behind, struggling 4 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 32l behind Palomar (9-10) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Cottam Grange 20-1 (11-10) Led, headed after 3 out, ridden and one pace from next, 6th of 8, 17l behind Fisby (9-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Apr.
Terenzium (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden next, kept on from last, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Traprain (11-2) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Nov.
Breaking Shadow (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, smooth headway approaching 3 out, led 2 out, kept on, won at Bangor 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs beating Intersky Music (10-10) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Springvic (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Mistakes, behind, reminders 5th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Sunday City (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov, 13 ran.
Speed Venture 28-1 (11-10) In touch, ridden and weakened 5th, 16th of 17, 43l behind Zirkel (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Mr Midaz 28-1 (10-2) Mid-division, outpaced when hit 4 out, soon beaten, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Le Rouge Fatal (10-1) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Namroud (USA) 17-2 (11-10) Keen, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, 27l behind Woolly Bully (11-11) at Ludlow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Macchiato 16-1 (10-11) Led, headed before 3 out, ridden and weakened next, 7th of 10, 35l behind Thehonourablelady (11-2) at Doncaster 2m mrs hcp hdl (3) gf.
Slavonic Lake 12-1 (10-12) In touch until weakened 2 out, 7th of 16, 35l behind Pagan Starprincess (10-5) at Hexham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Hall of Fame 7-4fav (10-12) Chased leader 3rd, led approaching 2 out, ridden and ran on flat, won at Fakenham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs beating Book of Facts (10-5) by a nk, 12 ran.
Goldan Jess (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Held up, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 12, 35l behind Falcon's Fire (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo nov hdl (2) gd in Sept.
Go Figure (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Behind, hit 5th, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, last of 9, 45l behind Bob's Dream (10-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Little Bob 33-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 4 out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, well behind Augustine (11-1) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs.