Pamak D'airy has a shout on his third in a blanket finish at Sedgefield early in the year. Crackerjack Lad is another to consider on his return to action but LOCAL PRESENT looks the safest bet. He scored over track and trip on his first start since April, so it's reasonable to expect further progress and James Turner's charge gets the vote to defy a 5lb rise. It's hard to make a case for any of the remainder though Vardas Supreme did win at Newcastle in February and a change of headgear may bring some improvement.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 5-1 (11-5) Prominent, ridden and lost place 4 out, last of 6, 37l behind Topaze Collonges (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Tracked leader sin 4th, went left 2nd, jumped slowly and dropped reat next, pushed along and outpaced 6th, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Molko Jack (10-6) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Oct, 5 ran.
Crackerjack Lad (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Held up, took keen hold, not fluent 1st or 4th, headway 6th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 28l behind Cloverhill Lad (10-12) at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Local Present (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Always prominent, went 2nd from 7th, led before last, driven flat, stayed on well, won at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct beating Prince Tam (11-3) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Prince Blackthorn (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, weakened 8th, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Any Given Day (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in May.
Have You Had Yours (IRE) 200-1 (10-11) Held up in rear but in touch, weakened 11th, last of 7, well behind Beeves (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Oct.
Panthers Run 11-1 (10-0) In rear, behind from 7th, 8th of 9, 18l behind Local Present (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.