None of these inspire much confidence but SAM PATCH ran well for second at Hexham in November. He had previous winner and today's rival Shoal Bay Dreamer well behind and can confirm running in the process of taking this. The latter is looking to bounce back from another modest effort at Carlisle, where Fightstar and Man Of Principles failed to complete, and she had earlier beaten Soul Angel at Hexham. The veteran Panthers Run was in decent form before finishing last in better company at Catterick and this is more his level.
Fightstar (FR) 20-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, fell 3rd, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Man Of Principles (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Mid-division, in rear and reminders 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, under pressure approaching 4 out, never able to challenge, 6th of 12, 27l behind Brave Spartacus (10-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Dec.
Soul Angel 14-1 (11-2) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, pushed along before 7th, every chance before last, one pace, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Shoal Bay Dreamer (9-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Shoal Bay Dreamer 7-1 (10-3) Led to 4th, chased leaders, mistake last, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 26l behind Tipsy Dara (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Sam Patch 4-1 (11-3) In rear and in touch, ridden and weant 3rd before last, kept on to chase winner towards finish, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Samson Collonges (10-7) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Panthers Run 12-1 (9-13) Tracked leader, effort after 4 out, soon weakened, last of 7, 21l behind Emirate Isle (10-5) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Dingo Bay 3-1fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, left 2nd 5 out until 4 out, weakened next, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Thorncliffer (9-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.