Primrose Time steps back up in trip after her win at Kelso last month and has a 9lb rise in the weights to contend with, while Ockey Ne Neulliac tries his hand over fences again after landing a couple of hurdles in plating company in November. Et Maintenant posted a much better effort behind Bene Lad here last time when ALEXANDER OATS failed to complete. The latter was already struggling before being pulled-up after his saddle slipped, but that was his first outing since March and a chance is taken that Robert Goldie's C&D winner is back to his best today. Banoge is creeping up the weights without winning, but the veteran Something Silver is back on a winning mark and could make the frame.
Ockey De Neulliac (FR) 16-1 (10-5) Held up, headway 4out, challenged last, weakened quickly flat, 5th of 11, 10l behind Simonside (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Dec.
Primrose Time 11-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, headway 5th, chased leader 7th, led before last, soon driven clear, stayed on well, won at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec beating Pena Dorada (11-6) by 11l, 8 ran.
Alexander Oats 9-1 (11-7) In rear, pushed along after 6th, tailed off and pulled up after 7th, in a race won by Bene Lad (10-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft, 7 ran.
Et Maintenant (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, chased clear winner from 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Bene Lad (10-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft.
Banoge (IRE) 11-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders, left 2nd at 1st, ridden before 4 out, left 2nd briefly last, no extra, 4th of 9, 9l behind Monsieur Jourdain (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Something Silver 7-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, blundered 3rd, led 11th, blundered 5 out, headed 4 out, blundered 3 out, lost 2nd after last, no extra, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Soul Angel (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f am hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.