SNOOKER had looked a non-stayer over hurdles prior to running out an eight-length winner on good to firm at Sedgefield. It's just possible his stamina has improved as he's matured and there seems no reason why he can't follow up here. Kai Broon's recent form is over fences but Tarantella Lady has to go on the short-list as she won over 1m6f on soft ground on the Flat at Redcar in June and her victory at Doncaster over hurdles last season came against decent opposition. War Singer has become expensive to follow but Lillioftheballet won at Market Rasen last month and looks the best of Jim Goldie's trio.
War Singer (USA) 9-1 (10-1) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 10th of 25, 26l behind Snap Tie (11-9) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gs in Apr.
Kai Broon (IRE) 5-2fav (11-11) Led, headed approaching 2 out, soon beaten, left 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 17l behind Definite All Star (11-7) at Perth 2m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Weetfromthechaff 28-1 (10-4) Held up in last pair in touch, struggling 4 out, ridden and weakened before next, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Jolly Roger (11-3) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jun, 6 ran.
Easement 9-1 (11-2) With leader, pushed along before 2 out, every chance last, soon no extra, 6th of 12, 23l behind What A Steel (11-1) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Tarantella Lady 10-1 (10-7) Led to 2nd, hit 5th, reminders before next, soon weakened in rear, 6th of 10, well behind Aland Islands (11-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Bob's Dream (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, under pressure 3 out, weakened last, last of 8, well behind Kilkenny All Star (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Grand Diamond (IRE) 18-1 (11-4) In touch main group, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, well behind Hunters Belt (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Toshi (USA) 5-1 (11-1) In touch main group, lost place 4th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hunters Belt (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep, 11 ran.
Beverly Hill Billy 14-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, mistake 8th, soon behind, tailed off, 5th of 8, 45l behind Rody (11-12) at Leicester 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Feb.
Lillioftheballet (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Keen tracked leader, led approaching 2 out, ridden and ran on, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Piment D'estruval (11-5) by 3l, 8 ran.
Snooker (GER) 5-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, kept on strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Sep beating No Supper (10-9) by 8l, 13 ran.
Farmers Cross (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, chased leaders approaching 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 9th of 12, 47l behind Texas Holdem (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Mar '11.
Funky Munky 8-1 (9-11) In touch, pressed leader after 5th, led before next, headed 7th, lost place after 4 out, weakened next, 8th of 11, well behind Hawaii Klass (11-0) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Endeavor 8-1 (11-2) Led into start, close up, lost place 3rd, behind next, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Urban Kode (10-5) at Perth 2m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jul, 14 ran.