The grey Papamoa won at Hexham in November but finished behind the so-far disappointing Dark Glacier at Ayr last time. The Friary probably ran better than was expected on his chasing bow at Kelso but this looks more competitive, though Hawaii Klass and Markadam have plenty to prove over fences and Ebony River was an early casualty at Doncaster last time. REBEL SWING didn't get home over 3m5f at Market Rasen last time but was a winner over this track and trip in October and is only 2lb higher today. He looks the one to beat though Gorey Lane would also have a decent chance on his best form.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, jumped left 6th, lost 2nd 10th, struggling from 12th, 4th of 6, 23l behind Real Milan (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (4) hvy in Jan.
Papamoa 16-1 (11-4) Held up, jumped left 3rd, ridden after 8th, struggling from 11th, 5th of 6, 26l behind Real Milan (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (4) hvy in Jan.
Rebel Swing 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, hit 11th, ridden before 13th, weakened 15th, 4th of 7, well behind Soudain (10-11) at Market Rasen 3m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Hawaii Klass 33-1 (11-7) Pecked 1st, held up in rear in touch, mistake 4th, struggling 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rolecarr (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Ebony River (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, fell 3rd, in a race won by Toby Belch (11-2) at Doncaster 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan, 6 ran.
The Friary (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Held up 3rd and last, outpaced approaching 2 out, ridden and stayed on flat, went 2nd near finish, no impression with winner, 2nd of 3, 3 1/2l behind Red Rocco (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f nov chs (4) hvy in Dec.
Rojo Vivo 33-1 (11-3) Mid-division, blundered 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Master Neo (11-0) at Uttoxeter 3m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov, 13 ran.
Markadam 33-1 (9-9) Soon detatched in rear, tailed off when pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Monetary Fund (10-13) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Gorey Lane (IRE) 11-4fav (11-2) In rear, headway 9th to chase leaders, mistake next, ridden before 4 out, plugged on, 4th of 5, 14l behind Armedanddangerous (11-9) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.