The bottom pair have a great deal to find against the remaining quartet headed by KNOCK A HAND. Richard Lee's charge has a double penalty to carry and won't find this easy but he did it the hard way from the front when relishing testing ground at Chepstow and can beat off all rivals here. Dark Glacier scored at Wetherby before a slightly disappointing run at Newcastle where a stumble at the second last didn't aid his cause. Lamps is progressing nicely and won't mind the heavy ground while Sydney Paget, an easy bumper winner at Carlisle, impressed on his hurdling debut at Bangor and is certain to make further progress.
Knock A Hand (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Made all, hard driven 3 out, drew clear last, stayed on well, won at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy beating Rojo Vivo (10-12) by 3l, 14 ran.
Dark Glacier (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leader, led 4 out to before next, soon hung left under presssure, rallied to regain narrow lead approaching 2 out where pecked and soon headed, kept on same pace, no impression when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Nuts N Bolts (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Lamps 9-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, challenged before 3 out, led next, kept on well from last, won at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov beating Sollim (11-0) by 2l, 15 ran.
Sydney Paget (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge 4 out, led next, ridden clear last, stayed on well, won at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov beating Grove Pride (10-7) by 3l, 9 ran.
Lord Wheathill 40-1 (11-10) Took keen hold, led, not fluent 4th, clear when not fluent next, headed approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Rigid (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m Conditional Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-95) (3yo+) (5) sft.
Presented (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden before 11th, headway before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 38l behind Tarbeck (10-12) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.