Some Lad finally broke his duck over hurdles earlier this month but looks to have it all to back over fences off an 8lb higher mark. PRINCE TAM has won off higher marks over course and distance in the past and it would be no surprise to see him go close in a fairly uncompetitive affair as Edmund is still 8lb higher than when successful over track and trip in December while this may be a bit short for the returning Sambelucky as well as Silver Steel.
Edmund (IRE) 5-4fav (10-9) Held up in last pair, headway approaching last, stayed on flat, not really gaining towards finish, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Prosecco (11-9) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Some Lad (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 2 out, led before last, ran on well, won at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd beating Vodka Red (10-8) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Prince Tam 7-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, not much room and mistake 1st, outpaced 7th, no impression in 4th fron 4 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 6, 46l behind Decent Lord (10-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Force Of Habit 5-1 (10-6) In rear, not fluent 2nd, tailed off when went right 2 out, never on terms, 5th of 6, well behind Hotgrove Boy (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Silver Steel (FR) 15-2 (10-8) Prominent, took keen hold, driven to challenge 2 out, weakening when mistake last, eased flat, 3rd of 4, 31l behind Ratify (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
Sambelucky (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Held up in touch in 5th, weakened 10th, went modest 5th after 2 out, poor 4th when blundered last, 4th of 8, 30l behind Milan Royale (11-11) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.
Crackerjack Lad (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Cloverhill Lad (11-2) at Hexham 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Snooze N You Lose 100-1 (9-11) In touch in 4th, pushed along before 10th, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Chicago Outfit (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 10 ran.