Unless Bene Lad shows marked improvement for the switch back to hurdles, this may be best left to SOLIS, who has shown a little improvement lately. Dianne Sayer's nine-year-old stayed on into third at Wetherby last time having finished second at Ayr on his previous start. Charlie Bucket usually finds at least one too good while Stormion isn't one to rely upon. Caught In The Act is also inconsistent but, like Political Paddy, has gone well over track and trip in the past.
Charlie Bucket 28-1 (10-3) Held up in touch on inside, headway 8th, outpaced 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 8, 43l behind South Leinster (10-8) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Teerie Express 12-1 (10-12) In touch, weakened before 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Streams Of Whiskey (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct, 7 ran.
Talkin Sence (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed before last, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 21l behind What A Steel (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Stormion (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) In touch in 4th, pushed along 6th, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 11 ran.
Bene Lad (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) In touch on outside, blundered and lost place 12th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Plein Pouvoir (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cond hcp chs (4yo+) (3) sft, 12 ran.
Solis (GER) 6-1 (10-5) Mid-division, outpaced 9th, rallied 3 out, ran on approaching last, nearest finish, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Sun Cloud (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov.
Caught In The Act (IRE) 9-4fav (10-13) Held up towards rear, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 11 ran.
Political Paddy 28-1 (11-8) Mid-division, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Everdon Brook (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Raggios Boy 50-1 (10-1) In rear, weakened before 4th, 8th of 10, 32l behind Dartford Warbler (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.