CHIDSWELL ran well under a penalty at Newcastle having won at Ayr previous to that. This looks easier and Nicky Richard's charge can return to winning ways. Five In A Row should make a bold bid after going close at Carlisle on his return and Quick Brew found only one too good over track and trip earlier in the month and is not easily dismissed, though has had his chances. Hurdling newcomer Wolf Sword won the bumper on last year's card and is preferred to Five For Fifteen of the remainder.
Chidswell (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Held up behind in touch, headway on outside 4 out, chased leading pair when blundered 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression before last, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Native River (11-3) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) sft in Nov.
Craigdancer (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) In rear, weakened before 3 out, last of 5, well behind Pair Of Jacks (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Five In A Row (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Chased leader, led before 4th, driven along after bypassing 2 out, strongly pressed bypassing last, narrowly headed 1f out, stayed challenging until no extra last half furlong, 2nd of 7, nk behind U Name It (10-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Nashville (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 12, 17l behind Precision Strike (9-0) at Haydock 2m hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct (flat).
Quick Brew 11-2 (10-5) Close up, led 3 out, ridden and headed next, driven and rallied flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Master Dee (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft.
Wolf Sword (IRE) 3-1fav (11-10) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, soon tracked leaders, challenged and every chance over 2f out to over 1f out, soon ridden and no impression, dropped to 4th towards finish, 4th of 14, 11l behind Sir Vinski (11-3) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Five For Fifteen (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 16l behind After Toniight (11-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gd.