Schinken Otto could run around here blindfold but he's never won over this trip and only once on soft ground. Quinder Spring has shot up the weights since winning at Uttoxeter but will handle conditions and Grant Cockburn's claim is a plus. However, this is GAVROCHE GAUGAIN's favourite course and he's back on a winning mark. He was badly in need of his comeback run at Hexham but should do better today and is preferred to stablemate On Gossamer Wings. It's not difficult to overlook the others given their recent form.
Highland Love 100-1 (11-2) Disputed lead to after 5th, soon lost place, behind from 4 out, 8th of 10, 38l behind Bury Parade (10-13) at Carlisle 2m beg chs (4) sft in Oct.
Schinken Otto (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 5th, headed 9th, mistake 11th, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 11l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Quinder Spring (FR) 2-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, mistake and lost place 9th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 6, 13l behind Oil Burner (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Gavroche Gaugain (FR) 20-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, weakened from 9th, tailed off, pulled up last, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (10-10) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct, 6 ran.
On Gossamer Wings (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders to 2nd, soon mid-division, ridden before 11th, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 22l behind Peachey Moment (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Strobe 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced 4 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 7th of 11, 41l behind Sacre Toi (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Brave Spartacus (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 2nd, behind 6th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Saphir River (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m beg chs (4) sft, 14 ran.
Turf Trivia 100-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, mistake 2nd, struggling 10th, soon lost touch, tailed off when pulled up 5 out, in a race won by African Broadway (11-4) at Wetherby 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Oscar Leney (IRE) 80-1 (10-10) Held up behind, struggling 8th, tailed off 2 out, 9th of 11, dis behind Creekside (10-7) at Towcester 2m beg chs (4) gf in Oct.