TRANSACT has won three times over the minimum trip, which is more than you can say about his three rivals. Martin Todhunter's gelding clearly wasn't fully match-fit on his reappearance at Catterick but gets the nod here receiving weight all round. Alexander Oats runs for the first time since May and is better over further but would have a chance on his second to Douglas Julian over 2m4f here in March and makes more appeal than Sergeant Pink, possibly flattered by his second to Tahiti Pearl at Sedgefield on Boxing Day, and Gleann Na Ndochais, who is nicely treated on his hurdles form but unseated his rider on his only previous start over fences.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) In rear, headway from 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 9, 9l behind Markadam (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Alexander Oats 16-1 (10-7) In rear, pushed along before 12th, soon struggling, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Mumbles Head (11-8) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, soon dropped in rear, went 3rd at 6th, every chance 2 out, in 3rd and looking held when left 2nd before last, kept on, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Transact (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, under pressure approaching 6th, soon weakened, 10th of 12, well behind Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.