Sud Pacifique has slipped down the weights but not shown any recent improvement albeit in better company than this. Sleep In First fell over fences last time but has claims off a lower hurdling mark, though Raven's Tower has more on his plate raised 12lb for winning at Plumpton last month. Bogside won twice over these hurdles in 2011 but hasn't scored since and Cool Baranca is 14lb higher than when winning at Perth in September. Redpender has a shout having won a maiden hurdle at Ayr recently, but a chance is taken on the four-year-old TITUS BOLT, third in a higher grade handicap than this at Ayr on his latest start over timber.
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Held up in rear, unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Stopped Out (11-10) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Cool Baranca (GER) 14-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place after 3rd, pushed along 5th, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 21l behind Trucking Along (11-6) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Sud Pacifique (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, outpaced before 3 out, 10th of 12, 37l behind First In The Queue (11-9) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd, weakening when not fluent last, just held on for 3rd place near finish, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Life And Soul (11-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Damascus Steel (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, weakened 2 out, 6th of 12, 24l behind The Liquidator (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Redpender (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, challenged before 3 out, led 3 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Silverton (10-7) by 4l, 18 ran.
Sleep In First (FR) 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, fell 5th, in a race won by Claragh Native (10-4) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov, 7 ran.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 18-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, every chance before last, weakened run-in, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Trucking Along (11-6) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Streets Of Newyork 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division, no extra from 4 out, weakened, tailed off, 17th of 20, well behind The King Of Brega (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 in Nov.
Dhaular Dhar (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Behind, ridden 4 out, soon beaten, 7th of 10, 20l behind Willow's Saviour (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl (2) gd in Nov.
Bogside (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, went 4th from last, one pace, 4th of 9, 16l behind Ueueteotl (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Raven's Tower (USA) 3-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway on outside going well after 3 out, challenged 2 out, led last, soon clear, easily, won at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Nov beating Hold The Bucks (10-4) by 7l, 6 ran.
Gunner Lindley (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Disputed early, soon chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 4th after 3 out, no extra before straight, 7th of 18, 37l behind Jansboy (10-13) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.