SAM LORD appears to have developed a liking for Sedgefield having won over fences and landed a hurdle over C&D last month. That looked a strong race on the day so the handicapper's decision to raise him just 3lb could prove to be very generous indeed. Flicka Williams hasn't shown a great deal so far but, on his handicap debut, Donald McCain's charge is feared. Nevertika is better known as a chaser and, while he's a far from frequent winner over the smaller obstacles, he's dropped dramatically in the ratings from where he once was. Sleep in First looks a potential danger to all at the foot of the weights. James Ewart's six-year-old was well backed ahead of his seasonal reappearance at the course over further. He appeared not to stay on that occasion so it will be interesting to see how he goes in this.
Sam Lord 10-1 (10-6) Made all, ridden after last, held on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Lightening Rod (11-8) by 1l, 7 ran.
Flicka Williams (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) In rear, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 13, 10l behind Gymdoli (10-12) at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov.
Phase Shift 7-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway 4 out, soon chasing leader, ridden to challenge 2 out, lost 2nd after last, no extra, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Doyly Carte (11-3) at Catterick 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs.
Rangefinder 80-1 (10-8) Towards rear, behind 8th, tailed off before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Master Of The Sea (10-7) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft, 13 ran.
Marino Prince (FR) 25-1 (11-9) In rear, moderate effort after 5th, never involved, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Majestic Bull (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) hvy.
Nevertika (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway before 4th, led before 2 out, soon clear, ridden and headed run-in, soon weakened and lost 2nd place, 3rd of 13, 12l behind Desolait (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
King's Chorister 33-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 2nd, ridden after 3 out, jumped left and no extra last, 7th of 13, 31l behind Anna's Arch (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Kathlatino 50-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, weakened 5th, 5th of 11, 27l behind Overpriced (10-10) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Ancient Times (USA) 20-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, behind 7th, mistake and unseated rider next, in a race won by Rear Admiral (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs, 16 ran.
Sleep In First (FR) 7-4fav (10-8) Held up mid-division, headway before 7th, every chance before 2 out, no extra and lost 3rd place close home, 4th of 9, 12l behind One For Harry (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.