Kikenny All Star beat The Thirsty Bricky by just over three lengths at Sedgefield 10 days ago but the runner-up is 6lb better off here and could easily turn the tables on this much softer surface. Saddle Pack should make a bold bid to complete his hat-trick, though Carters Rest is a couple of pounds better off than when beaten a length at Carlisle earlier this month and Prosecco hinted at a revival when second to The Thirsty Bricky at Ayr and enjoys a 10lb turnaround in the weights today. Primrose Time and Pamak D'Airy aren't without a chance but the handicapper has given a real chance to STORM SURGE, who looks held by a few of these on recent form but loves this ground and is only 3lb higher now than when beating stronger opposition at Haydock in December.
The Thirsty Bricky (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Jumped right 1st, held up in rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on to go 2nd after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Kilkenny All Star (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs.
Primrose Time 28-1 (11-3) Towards rear, struggling 5 out, never on terms, 8th of 10, well behind The Thirsty Bricky (10-12) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Kilkenny All Star (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, led 5th, 10 lengths clear last, held on well (1 fence ommited), won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs beating The Thirsty Bricky (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Storm Surge (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden 5 out, never dangerous, 9th of 10, well behind The Thirsty Bricky (10-12) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Prosecco (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Mid-division, tracked leaders 6th, outpaced 4 out, 4th when mistake next, soon ridden, stayed on to go 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 7l behind The Thirsty Bricky (10-12) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Mistake 1st, held up in 5th, effort 5 out to next, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Harris Hawk (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Or d'Oudairies (FR) 12-5 (10-6) Tracking leaders when fell 3rd, in a race won by Montoya's Son (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar, 6 ran.
Carters Rest 12-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders and keen, every chance 2 out, ridden and kept on run-in held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Saddle Pack (9-10) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 13-8fav (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out to chase leaders, led before last, kept on well, driven out, won at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd beating Carters Rest (10-7) by 1l, 8 ran.
Soul Angel 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place before 5 out, soon outpaced, stayed on approaching last, never able to challenge, 3rd of 9, 43l behind Man Of Principles (10-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Tipsy Indian 4-1 (11-5) Led, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, weakened last 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Saddle Pack (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Arrow Barrow (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, outpaced before 4 out, rallied 2 out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Sambelucky (10-9) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.