DARK DUNE looked held when unseating his rider after being hampered at Catterick last month. But he has leading claims on his earlier placed efforts and can open his account if running anywhere near that form. Lyric Street won just the once on the Flat and has yet to get involved over timber and point-to-point winner Island Heights will need a big step up on what he's shown over hurdles so far if he's to figure. Ride The Range makes more appeal than Silver Storm and Lordenshaws on his bumper form.
Dark Dune (IRE) 15-8fav (11-5) Led, headed before 2 out, well held in 4th when badly hampered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Yorkist (11-5) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Island Heights (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, soon chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 12, 29l behind Landecker (11-3) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lordenshaws (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, slow 4th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Another Hero (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Lyric Street (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 8th of 14, 22l behind First Mohican (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Ride The Range (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 8f out, one pace final 2f, 4th of 9, 8l behind Gone Forever (10-0) at Catterick 2m cond NH flat (5) hvy in Jan.
Silver Storm 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led before halfway, ridden and headed before 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 18l behind Oleohneh (11-3) at Newcastle 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Jan.