Sleep In First was well backed over hurdles at Sedgefield on Boxing Day but found little off the bridle and was pulled up in his only previous attempt over fences. We much prefer SILVER STEEL, who is only a pound higher than when winning at Perth in August and wears blinkers here on his first run over 2m since. Mystified has finished last three times in succession but Morning Time may have a bit of scope, though he didn't show much over C&D last time. The Good Guy last ran over fences in 2009 and his record then was abysmal so how he'll fare here is anybody's guess.
The Good Guy (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 34l behind Who Owns Me (11-7) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Silver Steel (FR) 9-1 (11-5) Held up, ridden 10th, never a factor, 4th of 5, 34l behind Pickworth (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Morning Time (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Held up 4th and last, outpaced 4 out, soon beaten, no chance with leaders, last of 4, 27l behind Monarch's Way (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Mystified (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Pressed leader, ridden and lost place approaching 4 out, kept on same pace from next, last of 5, 13l behind Father Shine (10-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Sleep In First (FR) 13-8fav (10-4) Held up in touch, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Sam Lord (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.