It's impossible to get away from LOUSE TALK, a winning point-to-pointer who looked destined for much better things than this after scoring at Warwick. Birch Bank has been beaten a long way in both starts over hurdles and stable companion Chicago Lady never figured on her introduction to hurdling at Newcastle. Hooves The Daddy has gone nowhere near living up to his decent pedigree and Tekiblue de L'Orme has been beaten out of sight in all three starts.
Louse Talk (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Made all, ridden before 2 out, held on well towards finish, won at Warwick 2m 5f (4) sft in Feb beating Rio Quinto (11-10) by 3l, 7 ran.
Birch Bank 40-1 (11-3) Mid-division, blundered 6th, reminders after 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, dist behind Rosmuc Relay (11-10) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) hvy in Feb.
Hooves The Daddy (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Always behind, 8th of 10, dist behind It'll Do Rightly (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
Tekiblue de L'Orme (FR) 250-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened after 5 out, 13th of 16, dist behind Chooseyourweapon (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Chicago Lady (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 6th of 7, 28 3/4l behind Petticoat Tails (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 5f (4) sft in Jan.