Watching this large field thundering around Hexham should prove a fine spectacle with the excellent team of Jo Foster and Samantha Drake taken to bring the prize home with the in-form CARA COURT. A winner of three of five starts since joining his new yard from Ireland, he has gone up 16lb since his first UK success and admittedly faces a tough task at the weights now. However, this prominent racer goes really well for his talented rider, handles the ground well and could still have more to come. Matmata de Tendron scored here last time and it would be no surprise to see the old boy give another good account. He'll certainly be staying on when others have cried enough. Ferdy Murphy fires a quartet of bullets at the target, with Samson Collonges making most appeal although he remains unproven on these faster conditions, whilst Blazing Diva and Soul Angel, both consistent but exposed, are also respected.
Pegasus Prince (USA) 33-1 (10-10) Towards rear and pushed along, reminders after 3rd, struggling from 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Cara Court (10-8) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd, 14 ran.
Cara Court (IRE) 7-2fav (10-8) Held up behind, headway before 3rd to chase leaders, led before 4 out, pressed after last, just held on, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Lord Luso (11-7) by nk, 14 ran.
Frontier Boy (IRE) 11-4 (10-0) Chased leader until 14th, chased leaders, mistake 16th, lost 3rd next, soon behind, tailed off when blundered 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Jurisdiction (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Noble Scholar (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, outpaced when hampered 5th, soon lost place, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mootabar (9-13) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs, 18 ran.
Mansonien L'as (FR) 5-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 6 out, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Soudain (11-5) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.
Barnevelder (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Behind, reminder 5th, chased leaders on outside 10th, ridden before 4 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 9, 16l behind My Friend George (10-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Blazing Diva (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, went 3rd before 2 out, chassed winner before last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Matmata de Tendron (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Esme Rides A Gaine 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders to 3rd, soon ridden and behind, tailed off when pulled up 10th, in a race won by Noble Witness (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Borolee (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) In rear, ridden and weakened when blundered 12th, tailed off, pulled up before next, in a race won by Matmata de Tendron (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 14 ran.
Soul Angel 25-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, reminders 4th, ridden before 4 out, outpaced when hampred next, stayed on to take 3rd before last, no impression, 3rd of 12, 22l behind Sleep In First (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs.
Nicky Tam (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Held up, headway to track leaders 5th, weakened 4 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Cara Court (9-12) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar, 7 ran.
Eliades Run (IRE) 66-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 14th of 19, well behind Mrs Eff (9-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Pyjama Game (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, went 3rd 3 out, kept on same pace, just held on for 3rd place near finish, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Blazing Bull (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f 5yo nov hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Across The Tweed (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, chased leaders after 6th, weakened after 4 out, 8th of 14, 34l behind Daasij (11-6) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Matmata de Tendron (FR) 18-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, with leader 15th, led 2 out, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs beating Blazing Diva (10-13) by 5l, 14 ran.
Chernik (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 4th of 8, 13l behind Definite Appeal (10-7) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Nov.
Great Ocean Road (IRE) 12-1 (12-5) 3rd to 7; to 14, 4th of 5, well behind My Old Piano (12-5) at Derwent 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Samson Collonges (FR) 6-1 (9-9) Towards rear, headway before 11th, stayed on before last, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 14, 31l behind Matmata de Tendron (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Charming Knight (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Chsd ldr; ev ch 2 out; no ex app last, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Cast Iron Casey (12-0) at Tynedale 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Almond Court (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Led and keen, headed 6th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 8, 47l behind Powerful Ambition (10-12) at Hexham 3m nov hdl (4) gs.