Heart Dancer was beaten a distance when runner-up over hurdles at Carlisle and makes his chasing bow along with Daasij. The latter scored over timber at Ayr early in the year but Gleaan Na Ndochais is experienced over fences and has gone close on a couple of occasions. CLOVERHILL LAD makes more appeal, however, as he was winning for the second time in a chase when beating Pamak D'Airy at Hexham recently. Stuart Coltherd's charge looks capable of following up despite a 6lb rise.
Heart Dancer (FR) 9-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, closer order when bumped 4th, headway to chase leaders after 6th, went moderate 2nd soon after the last, no chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 10, 21l behind Meadowcroft Boy (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Daasij (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place from 5th, 6th of 9, well behind Amore Mio (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 10-3 (11-3) Disputed 3rd until lost place 4 out, outpaced 2 out, soon weakened, no chance in 4th when pulled up before last, in a race won by Suprise Vendor (10-10) at Hexham 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov, 5 ran.
Cloverhill Lad (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Led from 2nd, made rest, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Hexham 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft beating Pamak D'airy (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Jimmie Brown (USA) 50-1 (10-2) Behind, reminders after 3rd, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Westward Point (11-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs, 8 ran.
Edmund (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, one pace and no impression, 5th of 9, 9l behind Sharney Sike (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Mumgos Debut (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 40l behind Push Me (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.