Strathaird has no chance at the weights but the remainder can all be fancied. EDMUND was having only his second start over fences when comfortably beating Mumgos Debut over this track and trip. An 8lb rise looks a bit harsh but he's progressive and should take care of the runner-up and complete a double. Turf Trivia isn't badly treated though may be undone by the conditions but Decent Lord loves heavy ground and he's won over hurdles here in very testing ground. He ran his best race to date over fences at Southwell last time and looks a threat. Prince Tam reserves his best for this track and four of his five victories have come here.
Edmund (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, headway after 5 out, went 3rd before next, ridden after 3 out, led between last 2, kept on flat, won at Newcastle 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec beating Mumgos Debut (10-1) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Turf Trivia 18-1 (11-2) Pressed leader, led narrowly 4th, headed after 3 out, no chance with winner next, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 7, 13l behind Coax (11-1) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Dec.
Prince Tam 18-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, bumped 4th, ridden before 9th, jumped slowly and weakened next, 5th of 7, well behind Ballycool (9-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Mumgos Debut (IRE) 9-2 (10-1) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed between last 2, no extra from last, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Edmund (10-6) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Decent Lord (IRE) 7-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to challenge before last, every chance run-in run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind The Informant (10-7) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Strathaird (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, weakened from 6 out, 5th of 6, 33l behind The Informant (10-7) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.