Tahiti Pearl is just 1lb higher than when scoring at Sedgefield in August though that was on very fast ground but Duke Of Malfi has a good strike-rate over fences and will have come on for a recent run at Kelso. Karingreason was well beaten in this last year and appears to need further but it's rare for Ferdy Murphy to run a four-year-old over fences so Ibn Hayyan should be respected with his low weight. Dual winning hurdler SURF AND TURF will have come on for his debut over fences at Bangor and gets the vote here as he looks the type to do well over the bigger obstacles this season. It's about time Otto Quercus was winning over jumps and he's quite well handicapped on his best form.
Freddie Brown 7-2fav (10-12) Pulled hard, mid-division in touch on outside, chased leaders 4 out until after next, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Lady Bluesky (11-0) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Storm Surge (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, led 4th, headed 4 out, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 14, 20l behind Douglas Julian (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Primrose Time 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden before last, kept on to take 3rd last 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Storm Surge (10-1) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Duke of Malfi 17-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 6th, one pace, weakened last 100 yards, 6th of 12, 16l behind Storm Surge (10-1) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Surf And Turf (IRE) 9-1 (11-6) Tracked leader in slowly run race, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never able to challenge, 4th of 6, 9l behind Kilkenny All Star (11-8) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Karingreason 11-2 (11-9) Held up in rear, struggling in last pair, before 10th, stayed on from 3 out, went modest 3rd last, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Princely Hero (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f cond hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
The Thirsty Bricky (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Led or disputed lead until driven and outpaced approaching last, kept on same pace, no chance with winner flat, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Camden George (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) With leader, led approaching 4th, mistake 6th, blundered next, mistake 8th, headed 3 out, soon weakened, left in 2nd at last, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Saddlers Deal (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Otto Quercus (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, steady headway from 9th, blundered 4 out, went modest 4th next, stayed on to take 3rd approaching last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Tipsy Indian (10-11) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Just Maddie 40-1 (10-4) Raced in 4th, never on terms, tailed off 6th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Frascati Park (11-5) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) sft in Nov, 5 ran.
Gougane (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led 2nd until 5th, weakened rapidly, soon in rear, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Crackerjac Boy (9-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Braddock Island 40-1 (11-2) Led from 2nd, headed after 7th, chased winner until after last, no extra, 3rd of 11, 8l behind On Gossamer Wings (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Ibn Hiyyan (USA) 15-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, headway to lead after 7th to next, regained lead 10th, headed approaching 4 out, weakened from next, 3rd of 11, 30l behind French Ties (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Oh Right (IRE) 80-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, never on terms, 9th of 16, 30l behind Crackerjac Boy (9-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.