Bridlingtonbygones may well be suited by the switch to fences having struggled to get off the mark over hurdles. But Rachael Green's claim and MARIE DES ANGES' mares' allowance means he is giving 12lb to the Market Rasen winner, who can follow up here. Highrate won at Hexham in November and had Reasonable Force behind over course and distance last month and is preferred to Wilde Pastures of the others as the latter found little off the bridle when favourite at Sedgefield on Boxing Day and Brian Hughes has deserted him here in favour of Bridlingtonbygones.
Bridlingtonbygones (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Chased clear leader until 3rd, chased leading pair, pushed along after 6th, weakened after 3 out, mistake next, 5th of 9, 17l behind Nine Stories (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Nov.
Highrate (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 3 out, one pace, never dangerous, 3rd of 5, 29l behind Brave Spartacus (11-9) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Reasonable Force 25-1 (10-12) In rear and soon detached, went remote 4th after last, never dangerous, 4th of 5, 38l behind Brave Spartacus (11-9) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Wilde Pastures (IRE) 7-5fav (10-13) Tracked leader, challenged 3 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 5, 15l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Marie Des Anges (FR) 9-2 (10-0) In rear, ridden 5th, headway 9th, chased leader 3 out, soon led, driven and hung right approaching last, stayed on, won at Market Rasen 2m 2f beg chs (4) sft in Dec beating Rear Admiral (10-9) by 1l, 10 ran.