It's probably worth following SLEEP IN FIRST now that James Ewart's novice has struck form. He got off the mark over fences at Sedgefield last month and followed up easily at Newcastle eight days ago when Prince Tam was a distant fourth. A penalty may not be enough to prevent the hat-trick. Sergeant Pink won at Ayr in January and hinted at a revival here last month but Red Kingdom needs a longer trip and Against The Wind is surely best watched after two years on the sidelines and it's a long time since Authentic Act showed any worthwhile form.
Red Kingdom (IRE) 25-1 (12-6) Always behind, blundered 5 out, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 8, well behind Kildonnan (11-9) at Carlisle 3m hts chs (6) hvy in Mar.
Against The Wind 3-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, led 3 out, ridden and headed next, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 6, 1 1/2l behind You Know Yourself (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar '11.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway 5 out, one pace, 5th of 10, 6l behind Diamond Frontier (11-3) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Sleep In First (FR) 4-1fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, led 4 out, left 8 lengths clear next, well in command when blundered last, comfortably, won at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs beating Arrow Barrow (11-0) by 12l, 12 ran.
Prince Tam 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure 5 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 4th of 12, 24l behind Sleep In First (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Mia Matriarch 66-1 (10-12) Led 2nd, clear when over jumped, fell and crumpled on landing 5th, in a race won by Micro Mission (10-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Feb, 4 ran.
Authentic Act (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Towards rear, some headway 2 out, never on terms, no impression when mistake last, 6th of 13, 28l behind Anna's Arch (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.