The market may prove the best guide to the chances of Books Review and Lion On The Prowl in this. The latter hasn't been seen since winning a claiming hurdle at Southwell last August. ROSIES PEACOCK made all for an easy victory between the flags at Tivyside 11 days ago and could be the one to beat if handling these stiffer fences as Crannaghmore Most was beaten at odds-on in another race at the same meeting while My Fella was only second at the East Devon meet. Doc Wells arrives on the back of a recent point-to-point win, however, and should make his presence felt.
Books Review 33-1 (11-10) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 15th, blundered next, behind and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rumbury Grey (11-10) at Stratford 3m 4f nov hts chs (2) gd in Jun, 16 ran.
Crannaghmore Mist (IRE) 4-5 (12-0) Hdwy aft 15; ev ch 2 out; one pce, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Bringinthebranston (11-7) at Tivyside 3m ptp sft.
Doc Wells (IRE) 9-2 (12-0) Ap; led 13; ro wl, won at Curre & Llangibby 3m ptp gd beating Skating Home (12-0) by 2l, 5 ran.
Lion On The Prowl (IRE) 5-2 (11-6) Held up, headway after 6th, led after 3 out, driven out, won at Southwell 3m clm hdl (5) gd in Aug beating Liberate (11-5) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
My Fella (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Eff 14; cl 2nd when blun bad 3 out; one pce, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Double Bank (12-0) at East Devon 3m ptp gs.
Rosies Peacock 1-6 (12-0) Made all; easy, won at Tivyside 3m ptp sft beating Carrick Oscar (12-0) by 2l, 3 ran.
Yetholm (USA) 10-1 (12-0) (cp) bhnd 8, 7th of 17, 35l behind Dunbrody House (12-0) at Lower Machen 3m ptp gs in May.