The switch to Tony Coyle appears to have been the making of BILLY CUCKOO and, having done very little wrong in defeat at Carlisle last month, the six-year-old should be capable of gaining compensation. Flying Squad seems to have been around forever but Rose Dobbin's charge should appreciate conditions having won three chases where the going has been on the testing side. With just one win from 23 chases, the record of Or D'Oudairies would ordinarily be off-putting but Ferdy Murphy's inmate was heavily backed at Catterick last month and the handicapper appears to have him in off what looks be a helpful mark at present. Along Came Rosie looked progressive when scoring over C&D in May while Twice Lucky wouldn't be out of it if he consents to produce a much-needed clear round.
Flying Squad (UAE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, ridden before 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Mcmurrough (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Riskier 11-8fav (10-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, not fluent 6th and 7th, chased winner before 3 out until run-in, no extra, 3rd of 5, 17l behind Nobunaga (11-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.
Billy Cuckoo (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Close up, led 4th, ridden and headed last 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Tipsy Dara (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy.
Along Came Rosie 14-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 11 ran.
What A Dream 25-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, kept on, 4th of 9, 6l behind Mcmurrough (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Or d'Oudairies (FR) 9-2fav (11-7) Mid-division, headway under pressure from 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never nearer, 4th of 12, 25l behind Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
Twice Lucky 5-1 (11-3) In touch, lost place before 12th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Boris The Blade (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy, 10 ran.