Bob's Dream wasn't winning out of turn over hurdles at Sedgefield last time but, along with Cabbyl Doo, finished behind Duke Of Malfi over fences over this C&D in April and is only fractionally better off at the weights today. Harriet Graham's charge has disappointed so far this term, however, and was well behind Primrose Time and STORM SURGE at Catterick 16 days ago. Martin Todhunter's grey went on to win at Haydock and is clearly at the top of his game at present. He can follow up here with regular pilot Lucy Alexander good value for her 7lb claims. Carrietau won at Musselburgh last time but was well behind the selection here earlier while Willie Hall and Pena Dorada are possibly better over hurdles.
Carrietau 11-1 (11-0) Made all, soon clear, reminders after 9th, reduced advantage 4 out, 1 1/2 lengths clear last, stayed on gamely, won at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov beating Vosges (11-3) by 1l, 7 ran.
Bob's Dream (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, kept on, driven out, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs beating Red Skipper (11-3) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Prominent, fell 5th, in a race won by Maggio (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chs (5) gs, 6 ran.
Willie Hall 9-1 (11-8) Mid-division in touch, outpaced 3 out, ridden and stayed on to chase leaders flat, never on terms, 4th of 10, 9l behind Lady Bluesky (11-0) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Storm Surge (IRE) 9-2fav (9-7) Made all, ridden clear approaching last, all out, won at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy beating Woody Waller (11-9) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Cabbyl Doo 5-1 (10-2) Held up, headway after 8th, blundered badly 4 out, no impression after, went 4th after last, 4th of 9, 12l behind Storm Surge (9-7) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) hvy.
Primrose Time 7-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 11, 23l behind Karingreason (11-8) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
Duke of Malfi 10-1 (11-3) Led, headed after 3rd, weakened from 6th, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Karingreason (11-8) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.