Soul Angel won well at Musselburgh on his reappearance but has struggled to last home over this longer trip in the past and is now on a career-high mark. Sammy Spiderman is out of form while Playing The Field remains a maiden under Rules. Double Default still looks too high in the weights while Bear Dancing and C&D winner Blazing Diva have a bit to prove at present. It's a couple of years since Seeking Power last got his head in front but he was a fair third at Hexham last time and could go close, though preference is for TEERIE EXPRESS. George Bewley's stayer goes well fresh and won off this mark over a shorter trip here on his reappearance last season.
Double Default (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, led 6th, blundered 19th, ridden and headed flat, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 19l behind Eyre Square (10-9) at Kelso 4m hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Dec.
Bear Dancing (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, blundered 12th, weakened before 16th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dermatologiste (10-5) at Bangor 3m 6f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Blazing Diva (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, reminders after 9th, mistake 12th, reminders after 19th, soon weakened, pulled up after 22nd, in a race won by Outlaw Tom (11-6) at Hexham 4m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 10 ran.
Teerie Express 6-1 (10-2) Always behind, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Morgan Be (11-12) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Soul Angel 4-1 (11-2) Led to 3rd, left in lead 4th, headed 5th, left in lead 9th, headed 11th, led 4 out, clear before last, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f am hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Dec beating Claresburn (9-9) by 7l, 7 ran.
Playing The Field (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Mid-division, challenged 4 out, soon driven and weakened, 4th of 8, 32l behind Nodebateaboutit (11-2) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Sammy Spiderman 14-1 (10-3) Mid-division, headway to get in behind leaders 6th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 8th of 16, 26l behind Crackerjac Boy (9-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Seeking Power (IRE) 9-2 (10-4) In touch, lost place and dropped to rear, 6th, headway under pressure 3 out, went 3rd after next, ridden and stayed to press for 2nd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Celian (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.