Swiss Art won by 20 lengths over C&D in October but may have been flattered by that result and we fancy FUNKY MUNKY to go one better than when beaten less than a length in a conditionals' race at Catterick last week- he gets on well with Ewan Whillans. Stanley Bridge would have a chance on his latest C&D second but Mitchell's Way has plenty to do on his handicap debut and Ros Castle was beaten off a lower mark over fences last month. Livvy Inn was third at Kelso on Sunday but was beaten 16 lengths and is also high enough in the weights at present while Peaks Of Fire is only a plater.
Ros Castle (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced 7th, headway from 4 out, chased winner 2 out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Mitchell's Way 25-1 (11-3) Led, headed 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 3rd of 4, 39l behind Green Flag (11-3) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) hvy.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Slowly away, behind, headway before 3rd to go in touch, went 2nd from 3rd until before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Dune Shine (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Stanley Bridge 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders and keen, led 6th, ridden and headed last, no extra, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Rupert Bear (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Nov.
Swiss Art (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, fell 5th, in a race won by San Telm (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct, 13 ran.
Livvy Inn (USA) 5-1 (10-1) Raced wide towards rear, driven and struggling before 3 out, left modest 4th last, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 16l behind Rhymers Ha' (10-9) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Funky Munky 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, ridden before 6th, led 3 out, edged left just before last, headed and unable to quicken flat, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Rear Admiral (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Bunratty (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders and keen, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 15, 43l behind Woodpole Academy (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) hvy.