Phil Kirby's Nightboat To Cairo disappointed when pulled up behind Old Noddy at Hexham on Thursday and looks best left out calculations turned out so quickly with a better bet looking to be BIRCH HILL BEDOUIN, who gets the vote ahead of French Ties. Jennie Candlish's gelding disappointed at Fontwell last month but earlier form this year when winning at Sedgefield and when a good second at Taunton reads well and he has to be respected. Liz's Dream looked beaten before unseating his rider at Sedgefield last time and looks best watched, while Jim Goldie's Too Cool To Fool was well held behind Mister Pete (runs in the 2.50) at Newcastle last time and is hard to recommend. Tim Walford's What's Occurrin is relatively unexposed after just 10 career starts but he remains a maiden and a better bet looks to be Birch Hill Bedouin, who gets the vote. Sue Smith's gelding has only won a bumper so far in his six starts but his first three outings over hurdles were all on testing ground and he ran much better on more suitable going last time so looks worth siding with off what seems a fair mark.
French Ties (IRE) 6-1 (11-13) Held up well in rear, headway from 11th, 3rd when blundered 3 out, chased winner approaching 2 out until between last 2, soon beaten, weakened flat, 8th of 13, well behind Paktol Des Brosses (10-9) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Feb.
What's Occurrin 7-1 (11-9) Led, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 14, 20l behind Quay Meadow (10-2) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs.
Maska Pony (IRE) 18-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, pushed along approaching 9th, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 45l behind Flaming Charlie (11-4) at Southwell 3m mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Tyrrhenian 100-1 (11-1) Towards rear, in rear from 3rd, weakened next, tailed off 3 out, 7th of 9, 46l behind Lord Villez (11-1) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
Birch Hill Bedouin 33-1 (10-6) Towards rear, pushed along after 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, no impression, 5th of 15, 8l behind Tarabaloo (11-1) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Feb.
Too Cool To Fool (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, outpaced 3 out, 7th 2 out, stayed on flat to take 3rd near finish, 3rd of 16, 21l behind Mister Pete (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy in Feb.
Sparkling Zola 100-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, 9th of 16, 31l behind Diklers Oscar (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Seven Stars 11-1 (11-10) In touch on inner, weakened approaching last, 7th of 17, 19l behind Mardood (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Papa Drew (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, weakened 3 out, 12th of 17, well behind Mardood (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Beverley Beck 50-1 (10-9) Held up behind, never dangerous, 11th of 13, 29l behind Bishops Heir (11-4) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Lisdonagh House (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, chased winner 2nd until 5th, soon lost place, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 11, 25l behind Zen Factor (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Ballysimon (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Prominent, ridden after 8th, soon weakened, 10th of 16, well behind Mister Pete (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy in Feb.
Nightboat To Cairo (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) In touch, saddle slipped approaching 5th, pulled up after 6th, in a race won by Old Noddy (11-2) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 15 ran.
Liz's Dream 5-2fav (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway 16th, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th and no chance when blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Opus Cafe (11-0) at Sedgefield 3m 3f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Fly Tipper 13-2 (10-10) Mid-division, chased leaders after 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 10, 42l behind Solway Bee (11-8) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.