LOCKED IN THE POCKET gets the nod in an open heat. Timmy Murphy's mount (for his in-laws) went up in the weights for a solid Newcastle second but he still looks able to win off this mark of 103 now tackling fences. Tchikita is rated better than four starts to date by trainer James Ewart, and along with Dallas Bell and Primrose Time he is respected. French recruit Roudoudou Ville is likely to make more of an impact now tackling fences over here, whist Lindseyfield Lodge is only 4lbs higher than his Kelso win last time but faces very different ground here. Pete is another gelding who is interesting now tackling fences but his long absence may just leave him vulnerable late on. The in-form Stolen Light joins the chasing debutant (and JP McManus-owned) Sundown Trail on the list of dangers.
Devil Water 8-1 (10-11) With leader, led 2nd, headed 6th, ridden after 8th, hampered 4 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 20l behind Del Rio (11-0) at Perth 2m mdn chs (5) gf in May.
Arc Warrior (FR) 17-2 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Danish Rebel (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Apr, 11 ran.
Roudoudou Ville (FR) 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, took keen hold, headway after 6th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 12, 4l behind Requin (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Saddlers Deal (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Led, jumped right 8th, blundered 3 out, ridden and headed last, no extra when lost 2nd place final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Kosta Brava (11-8) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf.
Locked Inthepocket (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Held up behind, driven 4 out, stayed on same pace from next, no impression, 6th of 9, 15l behind Award Winner (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Tchikita (FR) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along approaching 5th, soon struggling, tailed off 2 out, 9th of 11, well behind Overbranch (10-4) at Hexham 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Dallas Bell 8-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, headway on inside approaching 4 out, ridden next, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Mizen Raven (11-12) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Jul.
Primrose Time 8-1 (10-5) With leader, led 3rd, mistake and headed 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from next, 5th of 10, 11l behind Quinder Spring (10-8) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Lindseyfield Lodge (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Raced wide, led and keen, hampered by loose horse and headed approaching 3 out, regained lead next, kept on well run-in, won at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf beating More Equity (10-10) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Pete 7-2 (11-2) 2nd of 8, 4l behind Midnite Blews (10-2) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May '09.
Ormus 13-2 (11-4) Towards rear,pushed along after 4 out, headway approaching next, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Turbo Shandy (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Jul.
Sundown Trail (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up, weakened after 4 out, 5th of 10, well behind Overturn (11-6) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Stolen Light (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, led 8th, jumped right last, soon ridden and under pressure, headed last 100 yards, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Penny Queen (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Prince Tam 7-1 (10-0) Led to 8th, soon lost place, outpaced by leading pair 4 out, lost moderate 3rd and weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, well behind The Rocking Dock (11-11) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in May.
Mighty Magnus (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Held up, ridden and headway 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 6, 31l behind Zemsky (11-3) at Perth 3m nov hdl (2) gd in Apr '09.