Winning Spark was only beaten half-a-length over a slightly shorter trip here two runs ago. Taj Badalandabad will have needed his run at Cheltenham and Head To The Stars is also eased in grade. Monbeg Theatre came up against an in-form rival back over hurdles at Bangor but this looks a good opportunity for BALLYHEIGUE BAY, who may have been allowed an easy lead on his return to action at Lingfield but was only headed approaching the last and kept on without being given a hard time. Mon Palois still looks a few pounds too high but only a nose separated Lagavara and Daytime Ahead at Leicester and the return to a longer trip will suit Exeter runner-up Edvardo.
Taj Badalandabad (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, hanging left and weakened before last, 7th of 11, 21 1/2l behind Arthur's Gift (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m hcp (2) sft in Dec.
Bryden Boy (IRE) 6-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, went 4th at 4th, ridden and outpaced 4 out, rallied 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 5, 25 3/4l behind Tawseef (11-12) at Bangor 2m 7f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Zeroeshadesofgrey (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Prominent, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 33l behind Ice Cool Champs (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Mon Palois (FR) 12-1 (11-5) In touch, left 3rd place from last, kept on, 4th of 13, 14 1/2l behind Red Rising (10-11) at Southwell 3m hcp (3) gd in Dec.
Winning Spark (USA) 9-2 (10-1) Tracked leaders, hit 2 out, ridden before last, no impression in 4th flat, 4th of 5, 5 3/4l behind Stamp Your Feet (10-5) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Dec.
Monbeg Theatre (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, ridden 2 out, joined winner last, not quicken run in, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Tawseef (11-12) at Bangor 2m 7f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Head To The Stars 10-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, driven to challenge 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 20 1/2l behind Holly Bush Henry (10-12) at Sandown 2m 7f hcp (2) gs in Dec.
Waterloo Warrior (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Led narrowly to 8th, in touch, driven and every chance 4 out to next, soon ridden and weakened, pulled up before last, at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Ballyheigue Bay (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Jumped right, led joined 2 out, ridden and headed last, not pace of winner, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Spiritofthegames (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Nov.
Lagavara (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, headed run-in, rallied last 100 yards, kept to regain lead post, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Dec beating Daytime Ahead (11-0) by ns, 9 ran.
Edvardo (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, prominent in chasing group, closed in 2nd place before 2nd, led before 3 out, mistake next, headed approaching last, hung left and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Padleyourowncanoe (10-13) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Daytime Ahead (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) In rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, led run-in, caught post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Lagavara (11-9) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Dubawi Island (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, dist behind Buckhorn Timothy (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Nov.