Political Paddy ran his best race for a long time when third at Kelso nine days ago. A C&D winner, he's on a very decent mark nowadays and it would be no surprise to see him go close to ending his losing run. But we just prefer ARTIC NIGHT, who has more to do than when scoring at Carlisle but has the beating of Bollin Fiona on that run and is relatively unexposed so should be open to further improvement. Zefooha bounced back to form when successful at Sedgefield last month but she's 6lb higher now and there's no guarantee she'll reproduce that form here. Easement is an out-and-out stayer but he'll be all the better for his third at Catterick and can't be ignored.
Easement 6-1 (10-12) Led to 3 out, ridden and every chance last, one pace flat, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Carmela Maria (9-7) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Zefooha (FR) 8-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, lost place and pushed along 6th, ridden in 7th after 3 out, headway 2 out, close 3rd when went left and mistake last, stayed on to lead close home, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) gs in Dec beating Lucia Bay (11-9) by hd, 10 ran.
Political Paddy 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, effort 3 out, led soon after next, headed before last, weakened closing stages, 3rd of 12, 6l behind Gleann Na Ndochais (9-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Artic Night (FR) 7-4fav (10-10) With leader, upsides 3 out, led approaching last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec beating Gulf Punch (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Bollin Fiona 9-4 (10-6) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced before 6th, soon lost place, plugged on from 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 29l behind Artic Night (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Stormion (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) In touch on outside, lost place 5th, soon pushed along, ridden 4 out, never dangerous, 6th of 10, 29l behind Super Ally (11-7) at Kelso 3m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Shoal Bay Dreamer 9-2 (10-8) Led on inner, joined 3rd, headed 6th, chased leader, weakening when fell 3 out, in a race won by Sundown Trail (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) gs in Dec, 8 ran.