Pamak D'airy has been knocking on the door lately but it's a long time since he managed to get his head in front. Cloverhill Lad is returning from a break while Decent Lord is out of sorts, as is Vardas Supreme, but Discoverie was only beaten a short-head at Catterick last week and has every chance of going one better here. ROBIN'S COMMAND was well backed at Sedgefield last time and has been dropped a further 5lb since. He should be capable of winning a race like this off his current mark and is preferred to Crackerjack Lad.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leader until after 5th, stayed handy, ridden and every chance before last, 3rd and held flat, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Bob's Dream (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Cloverhill Lad (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Mid-division, went 4th 5 out, went 3rd before last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Castlelawn (11-3) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 50-1 (10-1) Towards rear, headway 5th to track leaders, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 8, 38l behind Badger Foot (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Decent Lord (IRE) 22-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, smooth headway after 4 out, soon chased leading pair, kept on same pace, no impression between last 2, faded into 5th flat, 5th of 9, 13l behind Snuker (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Crackerjack Lad (IRE) 7-2fav (10-13) In rear, headway before 7th to chase leaders, went 3rd before 10th, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 7, 35l behind Have You Had Yours (9-11) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Discoverie 7-2 (10-13) Chased leaders in 4th, not fluent and remidrs 7th, challenge din 3rd after 4 out, chased winner before next, upsides last, every chance when carried right flat, bumped close home, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Milan Royale (11-11) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gd.
Robin's Command (IRE) 15-8fav (10-7) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway on inside 7th, ridden after 2 out, soon beaten, 5th of 7, 10l behind Bob's Dream (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.