No Way Hozay has won his last two starts at Catterick with the minimum of fuss. The handicapper has raised him 16lb since the second of those victories but John Wade's charge is on an upward curve and should make a bold bid to complete the hat-trick. Diarmuid O'Regan claims 10lb off EMIRATE ISLE, however, and Chris Grant's nine-year-old was already racing off the same mark as when successful over hurdles here a year ago. He'll need to jump better than when fourth at Kelso last month but still has a bit of scope and may be the value in the race with Suprise Vendor and Gavroche Gaugain out of form and Vardas Supreme struggling to get his head in front. Sleep In First has started favourite in his last three runs but is now 0-16 under Rules.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders on outside, outpaced in 4th approaching 8th, weakened 3 out, last of 6, 46l behind Sacre Toi (10-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Gavroche Gaugain (FR) 66-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 13, 39l behind Captain Kelly (11-4) at Wolverhampton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
No Way Hozay 4-6fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, easily, won at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan beating Turf Trivia (10-13) by 17l, 4 ran.
Emirate Isle 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, went 2nd 6th, weakened approaching 2 out where mistake, 4th of 6, 23l behind Saddle Pack (10-12) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, every chance before 4 out, ridden 2 out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Dingo Bay (10-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Sleep In First (FR) 7-4fav (11-0) Tracked leader, led 6 out, going well and about 3 lengths when fell 4 out, in a race won by Silver Steel (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Jan, 5 ran.