Molon Labe made a bright start over timber when just touched off in a heavy ground Hexham maiden but has gone backwards. Wetherby bumper winner Arrow Barrow ran well over 2m7f on his hurdling bow at Kelso but jumped poorly and was soon struggling over 2m1f at Sedgefield. Irish raider Jammia looked a nice prospect when runner-up to Popcorn in a Clonmel bumper in December and, though not doing quite so well at Down Royal subsequently, is the type to make a hurdler. River Dragon had been very consistent before a poor effort when stepped up to 2m6f at Wetherby while winning point-to-pointer Gris Lord should do better over timber after a couple of runs in bumpers. Storming Gale won a point in Ireland last March before joining new connections and impressing with a maiden hurdle success at Ffos Las. He's an obvious threat to all but has to concede 7lb to SENOR ALCO, who made a promising start over timber at Kelso in November and can take advantage of the weight concession.
Storming Gale (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Raced on inside, chased leader until 4th, stayed close up, headway to dispute 2nd 3 out, quickened to lead before next, soon clear, stayed on strongly, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Alla Svelta (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Arrow Barrow (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, held up mid-division, mistake 3rd, hit next, pushed along approaching 5th, some headway next, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 11, 46l behind Charminster (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Gris Lord (IRE) 10-3 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3f out, 6th of 11, 30l behind Anychancedave (10-0) at Ayr 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Jan.
Jammia (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and headed 3f out, no extra in 4th 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 18, 11l behind Open Up Your Heart (11-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat.
Knockando 50-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, weakened from 7th, 9th of 17, 47l behind Ballabriggs (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
River Dragon (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, went a remote 4th after 4 out, never dangerous, 5th of 17, 38l behind Moonlight Drive (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs.
Senor Alco (FR) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven 3 out, chased winner last, kept on and every chance flat, no extra when lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 16, 1/2l behind Jurisdiction (11-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Silent Snow (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, lost place approaching 4th, pushed along and weakened before 5th, 6th of 11, well behind High Ransom (10-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Shoal Bay Dreamer 200-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, reminders after 5th, reminders before 7th, soon weakened, 13th of 17, well behind Ballabriggs (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Molon Labe (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway before and hit 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 48l behind High Ransom (10-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Young Firth 100-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, reminders and towards rear after 5th, headway on outer 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 48l behind Warrior One (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.