LUCKY SUNNY is hard to get away from in the closer. The winner of both starts over fences, he's up 8lb for a recent victory at Hexham but there looks plenty more to come from Lucinda Russell's charge. Swift Arrow scored at this track in May when just getting the better of today's rival Freddie Brown. They're closely matched on that running while the inconsistent Knockvilla is another to consider on his best form though it's anybody's guess when he'll produce it. Saddle Pack failed to complete on his comeback but has claims on last season's progressive form.
Lucky Sunny (IRE) 15-8fav (10-13) Settled in rear, blundered 5th, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, led 2 out, clear last, ridden out, won at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Oct beating Seedless (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Swift Arrow (IRE) 13-8 (11-12) In rear, reminder after 2nd, closed 6th, ridden next, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Fintan (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Flying Squad (UAE) 15-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 3rd before 9th, stayed on same pace fom 4 out, lost modest 3rd in closing stages, 4th of 5, 21l behind Allanard (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jun.
Freddie Brown 5-2fav (10-12) Raced keenly, led, went left 1st, headed before 4 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 5, 46l behind Stonethrower (11-7) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Jun.
Knockavilla (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked winner until before 7th, weakened from 10th, 7th of 8, well behind La Pantera Rosa (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, weakened from 9th, tailed off, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (10-10) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct, 6 ran.
Pete 22-1 (11-8) Held up behind, headway 5 out, chased leaders next, ridden and weakened 2 out, 6th of 11, 32l behind Sacre Toi (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Soul Magic (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) In touch, outpaced 5 out, effort on outside next, weakened 2 out, 5th of 11, 20l behind Sacre Toi (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Prince Tam 12-1 (11-6) Led, mistake 8th, headed 4 out, weakened 2 out, last of 11, well behind Sacre Toi (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.