Ifbutandwhy and Sparkling Tara are proving expensive to follow but Eyre Apparent won a small race at Perth in August, though is 11lb higher now. Saddle Pack won here and at Cartmel in the spring while Gavroche Gaugain is only 3lb higher than when successful at Sedgefield last autumn, though lacks consistency. TIPSY DARA was badly hampered when falling at the first at Perth on her final start of last season. She'd ploughed through the mud to win by seven lengths over 3m here on her previous start and a repeat of that effort would probably suffice today.
Eyre Apparent (IRE) 5-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, led approaching 11th, clear before 3 out, easily, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Aug beating Fog Patches (11-3) by 29l, 4 ran.
Ifandbutwhy (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, soon ridden, kept on to take 3rd place after last, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Hunters Lodge (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Sep.
Sparkling Tara 5-2fav (11-12) Led to 3rd, tracked leader, hit 8th, reminders before 13th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, 14l behind Tregaro (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 3-1fav (10-1) Held up in rear, not fluent 4 out, went 6th 2 out, not much room when getting closer before last, went 2nd flat, stayed on, never near enough to challenge winner, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind The Thirsty Bricky (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Apr.
Gavroche Gaugain (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, went 5th from 10th, chased leaders before 4 out, went 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 12l behind Blazin White Face (11-12) at Perth 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Tipsy Dara (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Mid-division, badly hampered and fell 1st, in a race won by Cerium (10-1) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Apr, 11 ran.