Edmund won easily at Newcastle 10 days ago but had earlier finished behind Prosecco and SUDSKI STAR at Carlisle and it's Patrick Griffin's six-year-old, who remains unexposed over fences, who is the pick of the weights today. Shadrack was very disappointing at Southwell last time and Inoogoo has shown little improvement for a tumble down the weights but Endeavor wouldn't be without a chance on his best form and won over hurdles at this meeting 12 months ago.
Shadrack (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 7, 19l behind Memorabilia (11-7) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Prosecco (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, led 4 out, headed 2 out, stayed on gamely, led again towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar beating Cloverhill Lad (10-10) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Edmund (IRE) 11-8fav (11-12) Held up, headway 4th, went 2nd next, led 3 out, clear last, pushed out, won at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar beating Some Lad (11-1) by 8l, 4 ran.
Inoogoo (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Led, headed before and blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, 23l behind Pamak D'airy (11-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Endeavor 9-4fav (11-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened 2 out, 4th of 5, 16l behind Dark And Dangerous (11-12) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Sudski Star (IRE) 9-1 (10-3) Prominent, bumped 1st, jumped slowly 7th, outpaced 4 out, rallied next, stayed on flat, unable to challenge, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Prosecco (11-9) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Prince Tam 7-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, not much room and mistake 1st, outpaced 7th, no impression in 4th fron 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 46l behind Decent Lord (10-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.