Billy Cuckoo failed to follow-up his Wetherby win when a well beaten third at Market Rasen and Tipsy Dara could only manage fourth last time after scoring at Hexham in October. OIL BURNER gets a chance to show he's more consistent as he won over C&D on his return to action and remains on a decent mark compared to his best rating over hurdles. Shoal Bay Dreamer is another recent winner who failed to cope with a rise in the weights last time though he wasn't beaten far and may figure once again.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 85-40fav (12-2) Not fluent tracked leading pair, ridden 10th, kept on but no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 5, 19l behind Pickworth (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Tipsy Dara (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Tracked winner until 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 18l behind Royal Mackintosh (11-4) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened 10th, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs, 12 ran.
Oil Burner 11-4 (11-4) Held up in touch on outside, steady headway 4 out, challenged 2 out, led narrowly last, ridden and held on flat, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct beating Bertie Milan (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Fightstar (FR) 3-1 (10-11) Held up in touch in 4th, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, pulled up last, in a race won by Shoal Bay Dreamer (9-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 5 ran.
Hawthorne Bay 200-1 (10-8) Held up behind, headway before 8th, weakened 5 out, 10th of 11, well behind Aland Islands (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
Man Of Principles (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Prominent when not fluent 1st, chased leaders, went 2nd 9th, hit 2 out, no impression on winner before last, one pace, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Fog Patches (10-10) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
Domoly (FR) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, struggling 9th, behind from 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Ballyallia Man (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Apr.
Shoal Bay Dreamer 5-2 (10-13) Led to 8th, led 3 out, ridden before last, weakened and headed last 100 yards, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Samson Collonges (10-7) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.