Alderbrook Lad completed a double on fast ground in August and he wouldn't have enjoyed the softer conditions at Sedgefield last time. Bob's Dream has returned to action in very good heart and had dropped to a lowly mark when beating Jim Tango at Sedgefield so a 3lb rise shouldn't prevent another big effort. The runner-up had earlier beaten him narrowly at Kelso and there's nothing between the pair here. Forestside is still a maiden over fences after 16 starts so this should go to LORD OF DRUMS, who landed a conditionals' event at Musselburgh in very good style so doesn't receive a penalty.
Alderbrook Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 6 out, headed before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 12, 14l behind Cavite Eta (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Lord Of Drums (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) Made all, ridden and pressed last, kept on well run-in, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f (4) gd beating Alpha One (11-0) by 5l, 6 ran.
Bob's Dream (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders on inside, went 2nd after 5th, challenged 3 out, led before last, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating Jim Tango (11-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Turf Trivia 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, lost place 7th, mistake next, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 7, 17l behind Bob's Dream (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Coax 80-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 5th, headed before 4 out, soon outpaced, 4th of 11, 21l behind Clondaw Knight (11-12) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Jim Tango (FR) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on outside, not fluent 3rd, challenged and held together before last, ridden flat, stayed on close home, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Bob's Dream (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Forestside (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Held up in last trio, steady headway approaching 4 out, went modest 4th approaching next, left in well held 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 8, 18l behind Milan Royale (11-11) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Decent Lord (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 4th before 3 out, one pace, 4th of 7, 8l behind Cloverhill Lad (11-2) at Hexham 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Robin's Command (IRE) 4-1 (10-2) In rear, headway before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 7, 21l behind Cloverhill Lad (11-2) at Hexham 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft.