The veteran Panthers Run won on heavy ground at Hexham before being beaten back there on slightly quicker going. He should go well with his low weight but On Gossamer Wings appears to need further. SACRE TOI went up 10lb for gaining his first victory in this country at Newcastle and couldn't quite cope with the extra at Ayr a few days later. The handicapper has relented a little and with Dale Irving taking off 10lb he's expected to return to winning ways. Overlaw has run very poorly on his two latest starts but has a chance on his success from this mark at Hereford in March.
Sacre Toi (FR) 8-11fav (12-0) Prominent, led 4th, mistake 13th, not fluent 3 out, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 3rd of 5, 14l behind Secret Desert (9-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Pete 18-1 (10-5) Keen early, held up towards rear, headway when blundered 7th, 6th when blundered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Swift Arrow (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 9 ran.
Overlaw 8-1 (10-8) Led, blundered and headed 8th, quickly weakened before 3 out, last of 6, well behind Tahiti Pearl (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
On Gossamer Wings (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Held up, pushed along 7th, headway 11th, chased winner 4 out, no impression before 2 out, 2nd of 8, 17l behind Strobe (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Bobbits Way 66-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, struggling 11th, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Harry Topper (11-4) at Exeter 3m beg chs (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Emirate Isle 33-1 (10-13) Always behind, mistake 9th, never dangerous, 9th of 12, well behind Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
Panthers Run 10-3 (10-6) With leader, led 4th, headed before 2 out, ridden to lead before last, soon headed, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Ibn Hiyyan (10-11) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.