Sacre Toi will make a bold bid to go one better than when a hot favourite at Catterick 11 days ago but we fancy ROS CASTLE to get the better of James Ewart's charge here. The top weight just failed to overhaul good yardstick Tahiti Pearl at Newcastle last month and has scope for further improvement. Lucky Sunny may have lost his confidence while Saddle Pack has been well below par this term and Prince Tam reserves his best for Newcastle. Snapping Turtle could be interesting, however, despite a slightly disappointing effort last time following a third at Carlisle.
Ros Castle (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced 7th, headway from 4 out, chased winner 2 out, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Lucky Sunny (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up well in rear, mistake 4th, steady headway headway after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 11, 32l behind Rhymers Ha' (10-9) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 7th, went 4th 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 29l behind Highrate (11-0) at Hexham 2m beg chs (4) hvy in Nov.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) 11-4 (10-8) Held up in touch, weakened 9th, tailed off 4 out, 7th of 9, 17l behind Mcmurrough (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy.
Sacre Toi (FR) Evensfav (11-2) Chased leader, outpaced 4 out, headway 2 out, stayed on well after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Emirate Isle (10-5) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 22-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, tailed off from 11th, 5th of 9, 29l behind Tipsy Dara (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy.
Prince Tam 4-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, until weakened 2 out, 3rd of 6, 19l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-4) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.