Queen Of Epirus twice finished behind Amir Pasha at Sedgefield last month, getting closer on her latest start, though connections won't be happy with a 2lb rise. Next To Nowhere scored over fences here in January and should be heading back over the bigger obstacles before long. Iktiview scored at Sedgefield in May on good ground but has been beaten out of sight in softer conditions since returning to action. Amazingreyce has the form to win this though she hasn't shown it for a very long time but KNIGHT VALIANT, who was racing in better company last season, reappeared with a decent effort at Carlisle and looks well enough treated to gain his fifth hurdling success.
Next To Nowhere (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Held up in last pair, headway approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, never going pace to get involved, 6th of 10, 4l behind My Viking Bay (10-3) at Exeter 2m 1f nov sell hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Arizona River 50-1 (10-4) Led, jumped mainly left throughout, headed before 3 out, weakened before next, pulled up, in a race won by Vinny Gambini (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Knight Valliant 10-1 (9-13) Held up in rear, headway to modest 4th before 2 out, plugged on same pace flat, went modest 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Granaruid (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Push Me (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) In rear, headway under pressure after 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on to press for 3rd flat, never on terms, 4th of 11, 18l behind Pass Muster (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Queen Of Epirus 5-1 (11-4) Led until before 5th, outpaced 3 out, rallied to chase winner when not fluent 2 out, no impression flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Amir Pasha (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Summerlea (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up, 11th halfway, 9th 4 out, no extra next, 11th of 14, 36l behind Strain Of Fame (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Oct '10.
Iktiview 16-1 (11-3) Pushed along in mid-division, weakened 4 out, 11th of 14, well behind Amir Pasha (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Tweedo Paradiso (NZ) 10-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, bumped 5th, 8th 2 out, plugged on, never on terms with leaders, 6th of 16, 35l behind Portway Flyer (11-11) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Cumbrian Farmer 22-1 (10-11) In rear, soon detached, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Maggie Blue (10-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Stadium Of Light (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, lost place 6th, no chance with front trio from 3 out, tailed off, last of 4, 44l behind Lac Sacre (10-7) at Southwell 2m cnd/am sll hdl (5) gs.
D'Argent Cloud 13-2 (10-8) In touch, closed 3rd, lost place 7th, weakened and pulled up before 4 out,, in a race won by Kings Apollo (10-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov, 13 ran.
Freedom Flying 40-1 (10-0) Behind, headway 3 out, never a factor, 7th of 14, 20l behind Amir Pasha (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Amazingreyce 50-1 (10-0) Raced keenly, mid-division, lost place 4 out, soon behind, 10th of 12, 41l behind Monderon (11-3) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.