No Way Hozay and Appeal Denied are both a long way out of the handicap and the former was beaten more than 20 lengths behind TUTCHEC at Sedgefield earlier this month. Nicky Richards' five-year-old should have no problem confirming that form and can double his tally over fences in this as last year's winner Doberdan was very disappointing when sent off joint favourite over C&D last time. Pamak D'airy is well treated on his best form but never threatened the leaders at Newcastle last time and the fitting of blinkers smacks of desperation.
Tutchec (FR) 10-1 (11-12) In touch in 4th, headway 10th, chased clear leader from 3 out, about 12 lengths down when left in lead last, kept on, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft beating Dukeofchesterwood (10-7) by 2l, 10 ran.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 33-1 (10-11) In rear, ridden after 5 out, headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 9, 9l behind Mcmurrough (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Doberdan (USA) 9-2fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 9th, soon beaten, 8th of 12, 37l behind Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
No Way Hozay 5-1 (10-0) Mid-division, one pace and no impression from 5 out, 3rd of 10, 21l behind Tutchec (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Appeal Denied (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Jumped slowly 2nd, tracked leading pair, lost place after 7th, behind when blundered 9th, not recover, pulled up before next, in a race won by Emperor Charlie (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Mar, 6 ran.