Morning Time rattled up a hat-trick during the summer that included a couple of wins over course and distance. He's not easily overlooked having run well again over fences here last month but BLAKE DEAN is just preferred. The latter hacked-up in soft ground at Uttoxeter a week ago and Sue Smith's charge can defy a penalty and strike again while the iron is hot. Ravi River is 10lb higher than when winning at Cartmel in August and Shan Valley has scored over a longer trip but hasn't raced since March last year.
Master Murphy (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Mid-division on outside, ridden before 3 out, weakened next, 11th of 13, 32l behind Wolf Shield (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 6f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Morning Time (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Mid-division, effort 8th, went 3rd before last where not fluent, edged right flat, stayed on, unable to challenge, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Local Present (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Rayadour (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, tailed off 3 out, last of 9, well behind Milan Bound (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Ancient Times (USA) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd (water), headway before 7th, outpaced 4 out, well beaten 2 out, 7th of 10, 32l behind Castlelawn (11-13) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Mrs Grass 100-1 (11-1) Close up, lost place before 5 out, tailed off 3 out, last of 10, well behind Honourable Gent (10-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Shan Valley (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, headway 3 out, led before next, strongly challenged 2 out, headed last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind King's Chorister (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar '12.
Blake Dean 7-2fav (9-9) Made all, ridden when left well clear 3 out, mistake next, hit last, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft beating My Nosy Rosy (10-11) by 15l, 9 ran.
Ravi River (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Mistakes, prominent until before 2nd, behind from 5th, tailed off, 6th of 9, 46l behind Goat Castle (10-1) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.
Wave Breaker (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) Always behind, 8th of 13, well behind Auberge (10-12) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun.