MONBEG was probably value for more than his winning margin here last week as he had to recover after being hampered at the last. Martin Todhunter's charge can defy his penalty as he has more scope another recent course and distance winner, Pistol Basc. Oh Right isn't badly handicapped but has become a little disappointing and has something to find with Pistol Basc on the form book. Farm Pixie was third at Hexham on his chasing bow but may have too much weight, though is still the pick of the remainder.
Farm Pixie (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Held up in touch, chased leaders 3 out, 4th and ridden between last 2, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Snuker (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Monbeg (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway 9th, ridden after 2 out, challenging when stumbled last, gathered up quickly and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Nov beating Bocamix (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Pistol Basc (FR) 7-2fav (10-0) Tracked leader, led 10th, 7 lengths clear 3 out, ridden next, ran on strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov beating Sambelucky (10-7) by 5l, 8 ran.
Oh Right (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, jumped left 1st, outpaced 4 out, stayed on after 2 out, never nearer, 4th of 8, 13l behind Pistol Basc (10-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Jan Jandura (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, mistake 9th, effort 5 out, weakened before next, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by More Equity (11-12) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov, 6 ran.
Western Bound (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, well behind Maggie Blue (10-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Prince Blackthorn (IRE) 7-2fav (10-5) Behind, headway 2 out, went 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 7, 16l behind Have You Had Yours (9-11) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.