Tikkandemickey easily won a handicap here in November but hasn't performed as well subsequently and has a penalty to carry. Factor Fifty landed a Southwell bumper last summer but has been well beaten in similar events and makes his hurdling debut. Lawsons Thorns changed stables after a promising start in a Market Rasen bumper and his pedigree suggests he'll be much more at home jumping hurdles so he's definitely on the short-list. Wilde Pastures was in tremendous form over fences at this time a year ago, completing a hat-trick. He's competed at a high level this season but pulled up in the Castleford Chase at Wetherby over Christmas. SAFE HOME made a successful racecourse debut for Ger Lyons at Gowran last April and was quite highly tried in three subsequent runs. He's just the type John Quinn does so well with and can make a winning start over timber.
Tikkandemickey (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, mid-division, closed when not fluent 2nd, challenged 6th, well held by leaders after next, 4th of 11, 29l behind Big Society (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Bollin Line 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders when field came into view after 5th, lost place and well behind when came into view again after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Maybe I Wont (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 8 ran.
Casual Cavalier (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up behind, weakened over 6f out, tailed off over 4f out, 11th of 14, well behind Five In A Row (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Factor Fifty (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 19l behind Ellnando Queen (10-8) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Kings Folly (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, outpaced over 3f out, never near leaders, 9th of 11, 21l behind Relic Rock (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Lawsons Thorns (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway 3f out, effort on inside when hung right over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on to to take 3rd inside final furlong, no impression, 3rd of 8, 8l behind El Namoose (11-4) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
March Seventeenth (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Tracked leader until 1st, lost place when not fluent 2nd, mistake 4th, soon well behind, 7th of 9, 48l behind Tistory (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Wilde Pastures (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Chased leading pair to 5 out, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Pepite Rose (11-2) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-150 (2) sft in Dec, 5 ran.
Ihtikar (USA) 9-1 (10-12) Held up behind, mistake 4th, weakened from next, 9th of 10, well behind Kitchapoly (11-12) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Safe Home (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden early straight and no extra from 2f out, eased when beaten closing stages, 13th of 16, 29l behind Ancient Sands (9-2) at Naas 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct (flat).