Soul Magic will have to overcome an absence if he's to complete his hat-trick but the inconsistent Hotgrove Boy is due a good run and Have You Had Yours has won over similar trips at Hexham and Wetherby this season. SENDIYM is only a pound higher than when scoring over course and distance in October and looked to be on the way back when chasing home in the in-form Tokyo Javilex at Sedgefield. He gets the nod, though Robin's Command appeared to show improved form on his latest start.
Soul Magic (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden after last in 3rd, kept on gamely to lead towards finish, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug beating Sendiym (10-8) by nk, 5 ran.
Hotgrove Boy Evensfav (11-4) Led, mistake 1st, rider lost iron until after 4th, soon clear until 5 out, soon headed, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Have You Had Yours (10-2) at Wetherby 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar, 8 ran.
Sendiym (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Prominent until 2nd, tracked leaders, led 9th, ridden and headed bypassing omitted last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Tokyo Javilex (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Have You Had Yours (IRE) 11-2 (10-2) Tracked leader, led after 5 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar beating Teenage Dream (11-8) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Prince Tam 10-1 (9-11) In touch, in rear from 8th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 6, well behind Sudski Star (10-2) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Robin's Command (IRE) 3-1 (9-13) Prominent, pulled hard, led 2nd, headed after 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Grey Life (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Snooze N You Lose 100-1 (9-11) In touch in 4th, pushed along before 10th, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Chicago Outfit (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 10 ran.