A conditional's claim negates the 7lb extra carried by White Fusion for a win at Catterick during the week but it's another jockey booking that takes the eye. A P McCoy takes up the reins on DONT TAKE ME ALIVE and the latter looks set to open his account over hurdles after finishing runner-up over track and trip last time. It's Oscar posted a better effort in a maiden hurdle on his latest start but Lisdonagh House couldn't cope with an 11lb rise at Fakenham when bidding for his hat trick. J'Adhere arrives out of sorts but has claims on his best form.
White Fusion 8-1 (11-10) Took keen hold, prominent, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out, soon clear, pushed out, won at Catterick 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Amok (11-11) by 6l, 7 ran.
It's Oscar (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Made most, ridden and hard pressed between last 2, headed last, no extra flat, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Goodtoknow (10-11) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
J'Adhere (FR) 9-2 (11-2) Steadied start pulled hard in rear, headway to lead 4th, hit 3 out, ridden and soon headed, pulled up next, in a race won by Saints And Sinners (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 6 ran.
Talkin Thomas (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Held up behind, headway on inside 3 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden and outpaced, no impression before last, 6th of 17, 25l behind Dark Lover (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Crafty Roberto 16-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 28l behind Minella Special (10-8) at Fakenham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Bin End 18-1 (10-6) Prominent, not fluent 5th, no impression before 2 out, 4th of 7, 22l behind Brick Red (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Dont Take Me Alive 6-4 (10-12) Keen tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Kashmir Peak (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Dark Energy 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 8l behind Dr Livingstone (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Combustible Kate (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division on inside, lost place before 7th, well behind after 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Winds And Waves (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
No To Trident 15-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged and hit 2 out, ridden before last, kept on and held by winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Mauritino (10-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr '11.
Torrential Raine 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, pushed along 3out, headway next, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 7l behind Home Run (11-2) at Wincanton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Tayarat (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Led to 2nd, pushed along before 5th, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 18l behind Claude Carter (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
The Wee Lass 40-1 (10-13) Led until 5th, chased leader, led again 7th, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened and mistake next, 5th of 11, 25l behind Midnight Belle (10-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Jan.
Lisdonagh House (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In rear, ridden along 5th, never on terms, 7th of 12, 14l behind Shilpa (10-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Red Seal 9-1 (10-7) Led, joined 6th, headed 2 out, ridden before last, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Minella Theatre (11-4) at Catterick 2m 3f sell (5) sft.