EDMUND looked a nice prospect when scoring at Newcastle in December and was travelling easily when coming to grief after an 8lb rise on a return visit last month. Compensation awaits here though Cooldine Run has to be respected after a facile victory over three rivals at Southwell where he was hardly out of a canter. Pamak D'Airy is in very good shape at present and still reasonably treated compared to his hurdles form and Tony Kelly's claim should ensure he gets involved. Peachey Moment has dropped a long way in the ratings but still looks too high judging on recent runs, a remark that also applies to Rocking Blues, who was beaten 19l into second last time.
Rocking Blues (FR) 11-4fav (11-2) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, jumped slowly 7th, lost place when not fluent next, jumped right and rallied 10th, soon beaten, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 19l behind Ballycool (9-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Peachey Moment (USA) 5-1 (10-9) With leaders on outside, led before 5th, headed 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner in clear 2nd between last 2, 2nd of 6, 16l behind Un Guet Apens (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 3-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, led after 2 out, stayed on strongly (2 fences omitted), won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan beating Mia's Vic (11-7) by 7l, 6 ran.
Cooldine Run (IRE) 3-1 (10-2) Held up 4th and last, smooth headway into 3rd after 4 out, tracked leader before next, upsides 2 out, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Southwell 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan beating Stormhoek (11-12) by 13l, 4 ran.
Edmund (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, fell 7th, in a race won by Decent Lord (10-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 17-2 (9-12) In rear, not fluent 1st and 2nd, tailed off 6th, pulled up, in a race won by Cloudy Joker (11-9) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Jan, 6 ran.
Indian Voyage (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway 6 out, blundered 5 out, went 3rd 3 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 8, 21l behind Dingo Bay (10-8) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.