Toulouse Express has run well in similar contests in the past but Manoubi continues to frustrate. Panthers Run is very one-paced, while French Ties has been put up 5lb for winning a very modest handicap at Leicester. Nifty Roy doesn't appear the force of old and Janal has failed to complete since scoring at Newcastle last month so the vote goes to SOUL ANGEL. Sandy Forster's charge kept on well for pressure when second at Ayr six days ago and races off the same mark here.
French Ties (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Held up, closed after 5th, led 9th, driven and hung left after last, in command final 100 yards, won at Leicester 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-90 (5) hvy beating Red Law (10-11) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Toulouse Express (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, hard ridden approaching 4 out, weakened next, 6th of 9, 44l behind Flighty Mist (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Qbuster (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, reminders after 8th, weakened before next, 7th of 10, well behind The Knoxs (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Feb.
Soul Angel 3-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, reminders before 9th, chased winner after 5 out, soon ridden, kept on and no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Innominate (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp ch 0-95 (5) sft.
Janal (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened 5 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Gavroche Gaugain (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-90 (5) gs, 11 ran.
Nifty Roy 20-1 (11-7) Close up, led 3rd, blundered 10th, headed 11th, weakened from 5 out, 3rd of 5, 29l behind Innominate (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp ch 0-95 (5) sft.
Manoubi 15-2 (10-9) Prominent, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 6th of 17, 24l behind Wor Rom (11-4) at Newcastle 3m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Feb.
Panthers Run 9-2fav (10-2) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, soon outpaced, stayed on from 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 9, 8l behind Flighty Mist (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.