|1||P23/P0-P||Malibu Sun 20||6||11-12||D Bass||B Pauling||95||6/1|
|2||25164-8||Zhukov (IRE) 14||11||11-12 b||Mr G Gorman (7)||K Tork||95||12/1|
|3||323531||Princely Hero (IRE) 20||9||11-10 pt||Tom Cannon||C Gordon||93||5/1|
|4||312P74-||Cypress Grove (IRE) 255||10||11-8 vt||D Crosse||B Ryall||91||9/1|
|5||4P-3113||Midnight Charmer 24||7||11-5||James Banks (5)||Miss E Baker||88||9/4|
|6||78P54-P||West Bay Hoolie 111||7||10-0 p||Paul Moloney (ex2)||Mrs H R J Nelmes||68||5/2|
|7||PP45P4||Curragh Dancer (FR) 13||10||10-0 pt||Louis Muspratt (7)||P Butler||60||50/1|
Princely Hero battled on strongly to score at Warwick but that was over 3m2f and he may find this on the short side. Cypress Grove has won three times in his career, all on this track. He appears to like a bit of cut in the ground so connections will be hoping for rain. MIDNIGHT CHARMER completed a double in October and didn't run badly when stepped up a grade at Wetherby so he's given the vote with his young rider's claim a bonus.
Malibu Sun 50-1 (11-2) Blundered and slithered on landing 3rd, behind, taiole doff and pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Alpancho (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Zhukov (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Mid-division, mistake 6th, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 10, 44l behind Sablazo (10-0) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Princely Hero (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 4th until before 14th, not fluent 16th, pushed along after 3 out, went 2nd on inside last, driven and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Nov beating Elite Beneficial (10-11) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Cypress Grove (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Prominent on outside, ridden and lost place 16th, chased clear pair 3 out, lost moderate 3rd next, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 40l behind Jupiter Rex (11-11) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Midnight Charmer 3-1fav (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, went 3rd after last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Badger Foot (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
West Bay Hoolie 6-1 (10-0) Very awkward 1st, soon well behind, pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Maid Of Silk (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug, 7 ran.
Curragh Dancer (FR) 33-1 (9-7) Prominent, pushed along after 9th, outpaced 4 out, well held by front trio after, 4th of 6, 25l behind Mister Wiseman (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gs in Nov.
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