Sacre Toi has won twice here over fences but stopped quickly over hurdles at Hexham last time, though could benefit from Brian Hughes taking over the reins. Bogside has only gone up 6lb for a recent course and distance win and should figure but Rhymers Ha' is proving difficult to place and Granaruid was rather gifted an amateur riders' handicap at Carlisle four weeks ago. Captain Brown has claims on the pick of his form but FUNKY MUNKY is probably the pick of the weights having shown improved form to win an all-weather handicap just over two weeks ago. He appears to handle any type of going.
Ubaltique (FR) 12-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, pulled up, in a race won by Trucking Along (11-6) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Rhymers Ha' 6-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, pushed along 5 out, weakened next, last of 6, 12l behind Firth Of The Clyde (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Captain Brown 33-1 (10-12) Led until approaching 3 out, weakened after next, 7th of 12, 12l behind Moujik Borget (11-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov.
Cool Baranca (GER) 7-2 (11-6) Held up, always in rear, last of 8, 41l behind Sparkling Hand (10-6) at Newcastle 2m (4) sft.
Bogside (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 2 out, led next, ridden and edged left towards finish, won at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs beating Titus Bolt (11-3) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Granaruid (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, led well before 2 out, ridden over 5 lengths ahead at the last, weakening in closing stages, held on, won at Carlisle 2m 3f amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Dickie Henderhoop (10-5) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Another Mattie (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, soon headway, chased winner before last until lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Diamond King (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Sacre Toi (FR) 6-1 (11-3) Led to 1st, tracked winner until weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 27l behind Circus Star (10-2) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Dante's Frolic 9-1 (10-11) Towards rear, pushed along and some headway approaching 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 10th of 12, 45l behind Lightening Rod (11-9) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Trust Thomas 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened run-in, lost 4th place towards finish, 5th of 9, 18l behind Travis County (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Funky Munky 10-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, pushed along before 5th, weakened before 7th, struggling in modest 5th when blundered 2 out, 5th of 9, 30l behind Smadynium (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Plus Jamais (FR) 10-1 (10-11) Led until 3 out, no extra next, mistake last, 6th of 9, 22l behind Tantamount (10-12) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (3) sft.