Donald McCain rarely leaves Sedgefield empty-handed and, whatever the fate of his other runners today, VASCO PIERJI should send his supporters home happy. He was headed right on the line by a Tony Martin runner at Perth in June and can go one better getting 7lb from last month's Ayr scorer Fly Home Harry. Cousin Guillaume has been placed at Kelso and Southwell and can make the frame again but Favourable Fellow only looks moderate and the filly Madame Flirt is probably best watched on debut.
Fly Home Harry 9-2 (11-9) Towards rear, headway halfway to chase leaders on outer, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon pressed, held on well, driven out, won at Ayr 1m 6f mdn nat hunt flat (5) sft in Nov beating Warriors Tale (11-9) by 1l, 6 ran.
Cousin Guillaume (FR) 7-4fav (11-4) Tracked leader until pushed along 6f out, outpaced over 3f out, rallied to 3rd over 2f out, no impression, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Truckers Steel (11-4) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Favourable Fellow (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Pulled hard, soon led, hung badly left on bend after 4f, headed over 3f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 12, 14l behind Theatrical Style (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Precentors Court (IRE) 125-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, soon prominent, led after 2f, headed 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 11, well behind Mystical Dreamer (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Vasco Pierji (FR) 11-4 (10-12) With leader, led narrowly 4f out, driven along 2f out, headed and not pace of winner post, 2nd of 7, shd behind Lagan Canal (11-1) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jun.
Madame Flirt Generous filly out of Parisienne Gale.