Emirate Isle gained a shock success at Catterick on just his third start over fences but has been raised 8lb which won't aid his cause. Sergeant Pink had four lengths to spare over GLEANN NA NDOCHAIS at Ayr ten days ago but the runner-up has more scope and, at the revised weights, can take his revenge and gain his first success over fences on just his third start. Topo Gigio showed little in Ireland and finished runner-up in a selling hurdle at Catterick last time while the remaining pair have been running poorly.
Gleann Na Ndochais (IRE) 7-5fav (11-9) Led when mistake 2nd, not fluent 7th, clear 3 out, reduced advantage when jinked right just before last, soon headed, one pace, 2nd of 4, 4l behind Sergeant Pink (10-12) at Ayr 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy.
Sergeant Pink (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) In touch in last, pushed along after 4th, jumped right 8th, headway after 3 out, challenged last, soon led, stayed on well, won at Ayr 2m hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy beating Gleann Na Ndochais (11-9) by 4l, 4 ran.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Held up in last pair, struggling 8th, plugged on to take moderate 4th flat, no chance with leaders, 4th of 6, 28l behind Sacre Toi (10-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Topo Gigio (FR) 14-1 (10-8) Mid-division on outside, headway after 3 out, went 2nd after next, soon ridden, every chance last, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Coverholder (10-1) at Catterick 2m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Prince Tam 16-1 (9-9) Led narrowly, blundered and headed 4 out, soon ridden, outpaced by leading pair before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 6, 44l behind Sacre Toi (10-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Emirate Isle 25-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, slow 2nd and 4th, sooon lost place, rallied 3 out, led 2 out, ran on well, won at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec beating Sacre Toi (11-2) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.