Wicklow Lad has a shout on his latest second at Ayr while Be My Deputy has every chance of reversing recent running with Wetherby winner Sharney Sike on much better terms. Consigliere and Gansay have both slipped down the weights and recent placed efforts suggest they too could get involved. FENTARA scored off today's mark at Kelso at this time last year and after finishing ahead of a subsequent winner when runner-up at Doncaster last time, Mark Walford's mare gets the nod in a wide-open chase.
Consigliere (FR) 9-4fav (11-2) Tracked winner, ridden from last, no impression, 2nd of 4, 10l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan.
Gansey (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 8th, headed before 9th, remained close up, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 50l behind And The Man (11-1) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy.
Fentara 4-1fav (10-13) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders 4th, every chance 3 out, went 2nd before last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Golden Call (11-3) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs.
Sustainability (IRE) 7-2 (10-11) Led 1st until after 3 out, no chance with winner before 2 out, held on for 2nd despite being closed down by 3rd from approaching last, 2nd of 5, 42l behind Virak (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Wicklow Lad 11-2 (11-1) With leader to 4th, led 9th, headed 5 out, led before 4 out, headed before last, one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind And The Man (11-1) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) With leader, ridden 4 out, lost place when left 2nd again and in touch 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on and every chance flat, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Sharney Sike (10-1) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan.
Dancing Art (IRE) 15-8fav (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, in rear and in touch from 4th, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, chased winner before last, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Cloverhill Lad (10-9) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Sharney Sike 5-2fav (10-1) Held up in touch, mistake 6th, driven to chase leaders 4 out, 1 length down in 2nd when left in narrow lead next, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure flat, won at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Jan beating Be My Deputy (11-7) by 3/4l, 7 ran.