Prince Tam goes well here but tends to struggle in this grade. Haydock second Tahiti Pearl has to be considered, however, as he looks to have improved this season and should again take care of old rival Bhaltair. But the vote goes to ROS CASTLE, who made an impressive debut over the larger obstacles at Kelso and can only improve. Rose Dobbin has wasted no time putting him in a handicap. Knockavilla may be best of the rest with both Pamak D'Airy and Overlaw returning from a break.
Bhaltair (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, pushed along and lost place before 5th, mistake 6th, weakened approaching 4 out, went remote 3rd 2 out, 3rd of 6, 32l behind Parsnip Pete (11-11) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Ros Castle (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 2 out, led before omitted 2 out, kept on strongly, ridden out, won at Kelso 2m 1f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) hvy in Oct beating Angel Sun (11-2) by 9l, 5 ran.
Knockavilla (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Disputed 2nd, reminders after 5th, lost place next, behind from 8th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Held up in touch, pecked 1st, closed 5th, went 2nd before next, led 9th, not fluent 4 out, soon headed, beaten last, one pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Parsnip Pete (11-11) at Haydock 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Oct.
Pamak D'airy (FR) 18-1 (11-0) In touch until before 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, 50l behind The Thirsty Bricky (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Apr.
Overlaw 9-2 (11-2) Led, headed just after 3 out, weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Forty Five (11-12) at Hereford 2m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Jun, 7 ran.
Prince Tam 22-1 (9-11) Disputed 2nd, driven when hit 3 out, ridden next, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Swift Arrow (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.