Sydney Cove won at Hexham last month but couldn't cope with the weight rise at Sedgefield next time and tries a new trip today. Vallani always seems to find at least one too good while Solway Blue has gone backwards since finishing second at Carlisle in October. Sleep In First may still have a bit of scope, however, and can't be ruled out but Richie McGrath partnered EVERAARD to a game success over C&D in January and could steer the five-year-old to another win today as most of his disappointing recent efforts have been over fences. Rhyton won at Bangor in August but was tailed off on his latest start at Fontwell and has changed stables since.
Rhyton (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Led until 4 out, soon driven, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 9, well behind Mtpockets (11-7) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Everaard (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place 7th, pushed along after 8th, mistake 9th, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Rolecarr (11-0) at Hexham 3m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Vallani (IRE) 15-2 (11-9) Mid-division, weakened after 4 out, 6th of 17, 11l behind Forcefield (11-1) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Sleep In First (FR) 18-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, kept on from last, 5th of 17, 6l behind Forcefield (11-1) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Dar Es Salaam 10-1 (10-6) In touch in 4th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Koup De Kanon (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Sydney Cove (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistake and behind 4th, rallied approaching 2 out, mistake last, no impression, 5th of 14, 14l behind Funky Munky (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Solway Blue 16-1 (10-4) Towards rear, headway and hit 6th, chased leaders 8th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Crackerjac Boy (9-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov, 16 ran.
Parky (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led and set slow pace, headed 4th, quickly dropped to rear from 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 36l behind Benbens (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Any Given Moment (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, went 2nd after 6th, ridden before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 6th of 16, 35l behind Solway Silver (9-9) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Follow On 11-1 (9-13) Held up, headway approaching 5th, outpaced 3 out, weakened last, 6th of 8, 21l behind Gulf Punch (11-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Harrys Whim 14-1 (10-0) Prominent, outpaced from 3 out, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 18l behind Gulf Punch (11-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Humourous (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Disputed lead, untill approaching 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 10, 21l behind Overyou (11-5) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.