O Crotaigh arrives on the back of a win at Market Rasen, but is facing a much tougher task upped in class off an 8lb higher mark. Storm Surge scored over a shorter trip at Kelso recently and has a bit to prove over today's distance, while Border Reiver looks in need of some respite from the handicapper. Hexham hurdles winner Andreo Bambaleo is interesting on his chasing debut though Et Maintenant finished runner-up in the last renewal of this in 2009 only for PAMAK D'AIRY to get the better of him. The latter is 4lb lower today and, with a recent pipe-opener at this track under his belt and conditions to suit, Henry Hogarth's charge is fancied to land this once again.
Corkage (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Towards rear, ridden after 5th, not fluent 7th, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 14, 21l behind Mumbles Pier (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Jul '10.
Andreo Bambaleo 16-1 (10-12) Towards rear, some headway on inside after 7th, lost place next, mistake and ridden 9th, effort after 10th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 15, 26l behind Willandrich (9-11) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Et Maintenant (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 12th, 6th of 8, well behind You Know Yourself (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs.
Time Out (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led after 4th, headed 6th, challenged last, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Columbus Secret (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f mdn chs (5) gd in Dec.
Border Reiver 6-1 (11-12) Led headed before 8th, tracked leader, reminders after 9th and driven, with leader, led again before 3 out, ridden and headed before last, weakened and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Gavroche Gaugain (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 20-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, lost place from 7th, in rear 5 out, outpaced before 3 out, kept to chase leading pair from 2 out, 3rd of 7, 24l behind Kings Grey (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Douglas Julian 11-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced 5 out, never on terms, weakened 2 out, 7th of 11, well behind Court Red Handed (11-5) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft.
Storm Surge (IRE) 17-2 (10-1) Tracked leaders, led 5th, clear before 3 out, ridden from last, kept on, won at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Baaher (10-4) by 3l, 12 ran.
Role On (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, led before 8th, headed before 3 out, weakened after next, 4th of 8, 21l behind Gavroche Gaugain (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Playing The Field (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Chased leader, led 8th, joined 2 out, ridden and hung left before and after last, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Finlay (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mdn chs (4) sft in Mar.
Red Kingdom (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, led narrowly after 7th, headed 4 out, ridden and kept on same pace from 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Flying Squad (11-11) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
O Crotaigh (IRE) 3-1fav (11-3) Made all, set strong pace, ridden out, won at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs beating Tregaro (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bene Lad (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway before last, kept on run-in, 4th of 12, 13l behind Storm Surge (10-1) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
What A Dream 13-2 (11-4) Held up in touch and keen, weakened from 3 out, 9th of 11, well behind Do It For Dalkey (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.