SHOOTING TIMES has only run twice over fences and can race from a lower mark than over timber. He showed his well-being with a good run at Ayr earlier this month and looks well enough treated to gain his first success. Dukeofchesterwood has had plenty of experience over the bigger obstacles but his best form has come in less testing conditions and he may find the selection too strong in the closing stages. Mansonien L'As jumps and stays well enough to be a major threat though he'd probably be better over a longer trip and he's 8lb higher than for his only success.
Teerie Express 20-1 (10-12) In touch on inside, ridden to chase leading pair after 3 out, never on terms, 4th and beaten last, 5th of 9, 46l behind Talkin Sence (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Shooting Times 9-2 (10-12) Led until 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 10, 12l behind Forestside (11-3) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Mansonien L'as (FR) 7-2fav (10-10) Towards rear, smooth headway before 5 out, went 3rd from 3 out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 16l behind Boris The Blade (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Soul Angel 9-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, lost place after 2nd, tailed off 8th, 5th of 8, 38l behind Dingo Bay (10-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy.
Dukeofchesterwood 10-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, well held when left 2nd at last, kept on, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Tutchec (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Sammy Spiderman 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division, struggling 10th, mistake 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Shadow Boxer (10-3) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy, 10 ran.
Billsgrey (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Prominent until lost place 3rd, soon behind, no danger after, 10th of 15, well behind Waywood Princess (9-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.
Snooze N You Lose 200-1 (11-1) Held up last, not fluent 2nd, mistake 4th, ridden 5th, struggling 8th, mistake next, tailed off when pulled up before 10th, in a race won by Rival D'estruval (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f nov chs (2) sft in Dec, 5 ran.