A fully tuned-up Always Right will take some beating on these terms as he's rated much higher than today's opponents. But he hasn't raced since May and neither has Killary Bay. Palypso De Creek won this last year but has 13lb more to carry today and preference is for DOCTOR KINGSLEY. The latter won one of these events at Cheltenham the last time he raced over regulation fences and he arrives here on the back of a recent point-to-point victory. Captain Americo and Croan Rock have been placed between the flags recently and may also figure.
Always Right (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent, behind 5th, mistake 8th, pulled up before 10th, in a race won by De Boitron (11-1) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in May, 10 ran.
Doctor Kingsley 5-2 (12-5) Ww; hdwy 16; led last; ro wl, won at Dubston Harriers 3m ptp gd in Jan beating Milled (12-5) by 1l, 11 ran.
Killary Bay (IRE) 25-1 (12-1) In touch, led after 5 out, headed before last, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 11l behind Habbie Simpson (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hts chs (6) gs in May.
Palypso De Creek (FR) 4-5 (11-0) Made all; drew clr 2 out, won at Albrighton Woodland 3m ptp gf in May beating Findlay's Find (11-0) by 7l, 8 ran.
Playing The Field (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Held up in touch, headway to track leaders 7th, went 2nd after 9th, led after 12th, headed 15th, chased winner, ridden and held 2 out, blundered last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Penmore Mill (11-13) at Southwell 3m hts chs (6) gd in May.
Captain Americo (IRE) 3-1 (12-5) Led til hdd 13; outpcd by-passing 2 out, 2nd of 6, 4l behind The Falklander (12-5) at West Percy 3m ptp sft in Jan.
Croan Rock (IRE) 8-1 (12-5) (cp) prom; led 10-13 & 15 til hdd & wknd qckly app 2 out, 3rd of 6, 34l behind Classinaglass (12-5) at Yorkshire Area Point-to-Point Cl 3m ptp gs in Jan.
Newyearsresolution (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Ap; led 12 til hdd nr fin, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Sacred Mountain (11-0) at West Percy 3m ptp sft in Jan.
Viking Rebel (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs til lost plce 11; to, 8th of 11, well behind Page One Two Nine (12-0) at Ratcheugh Racing Club 3m ptp gd in Dec.
Melua Maid (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Prom til wknd 15, 6th of 11, 33l behind Barachois Silver (11-7) at West Percy 3m ptp sft in Jan.