Wave Breaker finished third behind Prince Blackthorn over course and distance last month and should again beat fifth Samtheman. Sam Patch was fourth when Alexander Oats was pulled up at Ayr last month but was well beaten while it's hard to have much faith in Stagecoach Jasper nowadays and Panthers Run isn't getting any younger. MANNERED has won over 3m1f but has been struggling to get home lately so the drop in trip might help. His latest third at Catterick is just about the best piece of recent form in this so he gets the vote.
Stagecoach Jasper 5-2fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, led 4th, close up when fell 5th, in a race won by Farbreaga (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Mannered 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, led 12th, headed 3 out, ridden before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Over And Above (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Samtheman 10-1 (11-7) Always behind, never a factor, 5th of 6, 12l behind Prince Blackthorn (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Led to 7th, led again 9th, headed 10th, weakened before 12th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Fozy Moss (10-4) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy, 8 ran.
Wave Breaker (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 4th, led 7th, mistake last, one pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Prince Blackthorn (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Panthers Run 33-1 (10-4) Mid-division, weakened from 7th, tailed off, 4th of 7, 39l behind Too Cool To Fool (11-5) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Sam Patch 66-1 (9-9) Mid-division, pushed along and headway before 11th, went 4th 5 out, one pace, 4th of 12, 39l behind Oil Burner (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Alexander Oats 11-1 (10-0) Led before 2nd, headed before 12th, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Oil Burner (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.