Panthers Run reserves his best for this C&D and is 4lb better off than when just over three lengths behind Ibn Hiyyan 11 days ago. Prince Tam has never won away from Newcastle, however, while Saddle Pack has been well below his best so far this season. Transact would have a chance on his best form but we'll give another chance to SACRE TOI, who won well over this trip at Newcastle before disappointing over 2m4f at Ayr and has a claimer taking off 10lb today.
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.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened 10th, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs, 12 ran.
Prince Tam 4-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, until weakened 2 out, 3rd of 6, 19l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Ibn Hiyyan (USA) 11-4 (10-13) Held up, in touch when left 3rd 4 out, went 2nd briefly before 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 6, 29l behind Armedanddangerous (11-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.
Transact (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, under pressure approaching 6th, soon weakened, 10th of 12, well behind Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
Fightstar (FR) 3-1 (10-11) Held up in touch in 4th, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, pulled up last, in a race won by Shoal Bay Dreamer (9-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 5 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.