Markadam's victory at Carlisle was a bit of a surprise and he may struggle to defy a penalty in this. Avenging Ace has been a big disappointment so far over fences but is well enough treated if he gets his act together while Civil Unrest clearly didn't stay a much longer trip at Doncaster last time and was pulled up. BRIDLINGTONBYGONES failed to win in 14 attempts over hurdles but may have some mileage over fences judged on his debut third over an inadequate trip at Catterick. Normal progress should see Karen McLintock's charge in the firing-line here as the enigmatic The Hollinwell has more bad days than good nowadays and Wild Geese may need more time. Neither Definite Appeal nor Local Present have shown much lately.
Markadam 16-1 (11-3) Held up behind, raced wide and took closer order before 3rd, led 13th, pressed 2 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy beating The Friary (10-12) by 6l, 9 ran.
Bogside (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Took keen hold, chased leader, led before 9th, headed 5 out, rallied 3 out, blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Classical Mist (10-7) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (4) gs in Dec, 9 ran.
Civil Unrest (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden before 14th, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Toby Belch (11-2) at Doncaster 3m 2f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan, 6 ran.
Bridlingtonbygones (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) In touch in 4th, weakened from 6th, left remote 3rd from 2 out, 3rd of 5, 21l behind Wilde Pastures (10-2) at Catterick 2m nov chs 0-110 (4) sft.
Wild Geese (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Behind, not fluent 3rd, outpaced when mistake 12th, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd near finish, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Father Shine (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
The Hollinwell 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, driven after 13th, weakened approaching 2 out, last of 6, 17l behind Tipsy Dara (10-12) at Ayr 2m 5f cnd hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Avenging Ace (IRE) 5-4fav (10-13) In rear, unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Mannered (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 3 ran.
Definite Appeal (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Tracked leadaers, led narrowly 5th to 8th, led again 13th, headed 4 out, soon ridden, weakened last, 8th of 10, 18l behind Everaard (11-4) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Local Present (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden over 4f out, one pace and no impression from over 2f out, 7th of 13, 19l behind Captain Kelly (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.