LIFE AND SOUL won three times on the Flat up to 1m4f. He's joined Donald McCain's yard and looks a useful recruit to hurdling and is fancied to get the better of another newcomer, Sea Lord, who won a Group 3 in 2010 for Godolphin but may have stamina limitations over the trip on soft ground, though John Ferguson has done well with similar types this winter. Kealshore Again won at Hexham in November but was well beaten in an Aintree handicap next time while Only Orsenfoolsies could only stay on at the one pace when second to Hidden Justice at Wetherby, though should step up on that here. The others have a bit to prove.
Broctune Papa Gio 25-1 (10-13) Always in rear, 7th of 10, well behind Special Catch (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Discoverie 40-1 (10-12) In rear and jumped left, reminders after 3rd, tailed off from 5th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Las Verglas Star (IRE) 9-2 (11-6) In touch on inside, driven and outpaced after 3 out, weakened next, 10th of 14, 46l behind Chat Room (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Life And Soul (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Soon led, headed over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 21, 19l behind Party Line (8-8) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) sft in Oct (flat).
My Mate Jake (IRE) 5-2fav (9-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Outlaw Torn (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov (flat).
Quintain (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Pulled hard tracking leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, well behind Pair Of Jacks (11-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Sea Lord (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) last of 8, 23l behind Mutahadee (8-10) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f hcp std in Jan '12 (flat).
Stitched In Time (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 11, 15l behind Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Think 15-2 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 3rd 4f out, green when not much room on inside 3f out, hung left over 2f out, no chance with leading duo final 2f, weakened to 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 22l behind Kayfontaine (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun '11.
Tinzo (IRE) 100-1 (8-5) Edgy in stalls, started slowly, always in rear, tailed off, last of 12, 43l behind Tazaamun (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul (flat).
Kealshore Again (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Led, mistake 2nd, headed 4th, not fluent next, mistake 6th, led again after 8th, headed approaching 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 13, well behind Master Of The Sea (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Dubaianswer 25-1 (10-5) Behind, struggling 5th, weakened before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by King Of The Wolds (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Lets Be On 25-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, weakened over 5f out, 10th of 11, 26l behind Enchanted Garden (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Queen Of Epirus 50-1 (9-9) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, 34l behind Chookie Hamilton (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Leyland (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 2 out, 5th of 10, 47l behind Special Catch (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Only Orsenfoolsies 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 5th, every chance 2 out, soon ridden, not pace of winner and no impression before last, 2nd of 11, 15l behind Hidden Justice (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.