YES TOM had solid form in bumpers last season and has taken well to hurdles, finishing in the frame in all three starts so far. He will probably have to settle better than he did when runner-up to Ballabriggs over 2m4f here last time if he's to get home over the longer trip but is definitely the one to beat if his stamina holds out. Sunnyside beat Moon Indigo over this trip at Hexham in October but was a little disappointing when only sixth at Carlisle later the same month. He is probably the danger if fully wound-up, though Arctic Court is a C&D winner and was taking on much stronger opposition when pulled up at Huntingdon last month.
Arctic Court (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Held up rear of mid-division, hit 7th, ridden next, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mr Moonshine (10-8) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl (2) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Sunnyside 7-2 (10-12) Led, headed approaching 3 out, ridden and weakened soon after, 6th of 17, 24l behind Yurok (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Arc Warrior (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Held up behind on outer, reminders after 3rd, not fluent 4th, jumped slow and weakened 5th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Quicuyo (11-4) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jan, 9 ran.
Frontier Boy (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up, ridden before 3 out, in 7th and well held when left 5th from 2 out, one pace, 5th of 12, 16l behind Soll (10-12) at Newcastle 3m nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Kalulushi (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) With leader, chased leaders in 4th on inner when fell 16th, in a race won by Radharc Na Mara (10-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f mdn chs (4) gs in Jan, 6 ran.
Plutonium (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 4th, tailed off before next, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Railway Dillon (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft, 16 ran.
Via Archimede (USA) 33-1 (11-4) Led and soon clear until before 5th, not fluent 1st, headed after 4 out, weakened from next, 7th of 13, 24l behind Silverlord (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Yes Tom (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, chased winner from last, kept on and always held, 2nd of 17, 5l behind Ballabriggs (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Easter Vic 50-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3rd, struggling from 6th, 5th of 12, well behind Midnight Diamond (10-3) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Jan.