Locked Inthepocket has shot up the weights over hurdles and fences lately and was due to race over the larger obstacles here yesterday. Pas Trop Tard arrives in terrific form and a 7lb rise for winning at Wetherby doesn't look excessive. However, he's unproven over this extra half-mile and the trip will take some getting on the ground. SEVEN IS LUCKY is approaching the veteran stage nowadays but made a very promising reappearance at Aintree last month when fourth to Bear's Affair. That was a better race than this and Jim Goldie's 11-year-old has been dropped 2lb since. He likes it here and can get back on the winning trail. Lady Bluesky was soundly beaten off a similar mark here in November and neither Purcell's Bridge nor Leith Walk have shown enough lately to merit serious consideration while chaser Hollo Ladies has also been out of form.
Lady Bluesky 8-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, challenged 6th, every chance before 3 out, no extra from next, 4th of 6, 26l behind Tap Night (11-12) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Pas Trop Tard (FR) 4-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 2nd, mistake 4th, driven 3 out, soon hard pressed, ridden clear last, ran on well, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Nov beating Grey Soldier (11-5) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Locked Inthepocket (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, went 2nd 5th, led 3 out, joined and pressed when left clear 2 out, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov beating Balding Banker (11-7) by 9l, 8 ran.
Hollo Ladies (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, hit 6th, closed after 8th, weakened before last, 7th of 11, 32l behind Bear's Affair (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Purcell's Bridge (FR) 13-2 (10-11) Led, headed before 3 out, in 3rd and one pace when ran out on wrong side of rails before last, in a race won by Micro Mission (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Seven Is Lucky (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Led until 3 out, one pace last, 4th of 11, 19l behind Bear's Affair (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Leith Walk (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In touch, not fluent 5th, soon driven along, switched right between last 2, 4th and held when fell last, in a race won by Rhymers Ha' (10-9) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 11 ran.