SLEEP IN FIRST is rattling through the ratings as can be expected of any campaigner completing a four-timer but victory was never in doubt last time when the Ewart inmate cruised away to oblige with plenty in hand at Hexham. The handicapper will have his say eventually but he is best followed until beaten in his current mood. Diocles is less experienced than the selection but is still asked to give away 6lb. Kykate has taken well to fences, compiling a series of solid efforts before getting off the mark at Wetherby last time. That form is not easy to assess but she looks to be going the right way whilst Gleann Na Ndochais has shown plenty of promise in six chase starts and looks a player here off a perfectly acceptable mark.
Diocles (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Led 1st, blundered 11th, driven and headed when fell 2 out, in a race won by Ciceron (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Feb, 9 ran.
Kykate 4-1 (11-7) With leader, left in lead 5th, kept on well from last, won at Wetherby 2m 4f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gs beating Midnight Macarena (11-2) by 2l, 6 ran.
Sleep In First (FR) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, 3 lengths down when left in lead next, clear before last, easily, won at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Twentypoundluck (11-9) by 10l, 9 ran.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) In rear, headway 4 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Quite The Man (11-12) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Bocamix (FR) 20-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, blundered badly 5th, well beaten 3 out, 13th of 16, well behind Musnad (10-9) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Cloverhill Lad (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led to 1st, with leader, left in lead after 4th on stable bend, headed 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Northern Acres (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.