A P McCoy, who rode the winner of this a year ago, has a busy afternoon ahead of him beginning with STONEBROOK, who can get him off to a successful start. The dual bumper winner made a very encouraging hurdling debut behind a couple of useful novices at Wetherby where he stayed on nicely after being outpaced. He had The Orange Rogue 5l behind in a Carlisle bumper but the latter has looked a promising hurdler and would have gone close here last time but for falling at the last. The front-running Titus Bolt has been a bit unfortunate not to win a handicap but may find the ground too testing so Irish raider Moss Street looks a bigger threat. He's come up against some smart performers in his races to date though he was undoubtedly disappointing on heavy going at Fairyhouse last time. Antrim-based Stuart Crawford loves his raids here so the superbly bred newcomer Alkali is one to note for the future.
Stonebrook (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Held up mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, ridden and one pace in 4th between last 2, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Tiqris (11-4) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
The Orange Rogue (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Led and soon clear until 4 out, narrow lead and ridden when fell last, in a race won by Final Assault (11-4) at Ayr 2m NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
The Village (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, improved on inner to track leaders from 4f out, 5th over 3f out, no extra straight, 12th of 14, 19l behind Gocheck (11-7) at Thurles 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Led, mistake 4th, ridden before 2 out, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, nk behind Clever Cookie (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Voyage A New York (FR) 40-1 (11-5) Tracked leader and keen, led before 2nd, headed before 6th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 8, 22l behind Wuff (11-11) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Beyondtemptation 250-1 (10-11) Held up behind, headway before 8th, went 3rd after 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Layla Joan (11-6) at Ayr 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Bobs Lady Tamure 66-1 (9-12) Held up in rear and mistakes, never dangerous, last of 12, 50l behind Diamond King (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Knockcairn (IRE) 100-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Redpender (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov, 18 ran.
Love Marmalade (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) In rear, weakened from 7th, 6th of 8, 30l behind Wuff (11-11) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Moss Street 4-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 5th 2 out, no impression when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 7th of 20, 13l behind Shantou Ed (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Alkali (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, 14th halfway, no extra early straight and soon eased, 21st of 22, 38l behind Ancient Sands (10-3) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in Oct (flat).