SACRED MOUNTAIN finished almost 30 lengths ahead of Tartan Snow when runner-up to Cottage Oak here last month. He was also second in a similar contest at the track a year ago and can go one better today. The trip might pose a problem for Red Kingdom while Supreme Builder only beat one home between the flags at Alnwick earlier this month but at least has a recent run under his belt, unlike Instant Shot and The Bravetraveller.
Red Kingdom (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Led, driven and headed 3 out soon weakened, 4th of 5, 19l behind Lucky Sunny (10-13) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Oct.
Tartan Snow 11-1 (11-13) Tracked leaders, blundered 12th, bumped next, mistake and weakened 4 out, hit 2 out, 5th of 11, 30l behind Cottage Oak (11-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan.
Instant Shot (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Prom til lost plce 14; kpt on wl 2 out (lkd to fin 3rd), 4th of 9, 6l behind Temple Green (11-7) at Tranwell 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Sacred Mountain 25-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, pecked 11th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on from last to take 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Cottage Oak (11-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan.
Supreme Builder 7-2 (11-0) Led til hdd 9; wknd 3 out, 3rd of 4, 21l behind Galant Nuit (11-0) at Alnwick 3m ptp sft.
The Bravetraveller (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Led to 3rd, weakened and in rear from 6 out, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Shoegazer (11-5) at Hexham 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in May.