Shadrack reappears from a lengthy absence but races off a 4lb lower mark than when winning at Catterick a couple of years ago and it would be no surprise to see him run well. Next Sensation made all at Plumpton last month and has plenty of scope. But he's 13lb higher today while Castlelawn turned in a shocker when favourite at Wetherby. It's hard to have much faith in Mulligan's Man but Prince Tam runs his best races over this course and distance and makes more appeal than Alpha One. PORGY was closing on the leaders when unseating Danny Cook at the last at Sedgefield on his chasing bow. Providing that hasn't left any scars, Brian Ellison's versatile gelding could be worth an interest in this.
Shadrack (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Held up in touch, weakened before 4 out, last of 5, 31l behind Tiptoeaway (11-0) at Ayr 2m nov ltd hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Apr '12.
Next Sensation (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Jumped well, raced freely, made all, came clear after 3 out, heavily eased towards finish, unchallenged, won at Plumpton 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct beating Moorlands Jack (11-4) by 10l, 8 ran.
Castlelawn (IRE) 3-1fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4 out, 9th of 10, well behind Lucky Landing (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.
Porgy 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, held in 3rd when unseated rider last, in a race won by King Of The Wolds (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Oct, 8 ran.
Mulligan's Man (IRE) 5-2 (11-6) Chased leaders, headway 2 out, went 2nd before last, kept on under pressureno chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Riskier (11-12) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Alpha One (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, no extra approaching last, 5th of 6, 11l behind General Hardi (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Prince Tam 6-1 (11-3) Led, headed approaching last, still chance 200 yards out, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Local Present (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.