Debt To Society and TWICE LUCKY finished one-two here last month over this trip with just a length and a half between them. That represented a first career success for the Ford charge and he may well confirm the form as he seems to be getting his act together over fences. However, the Smith inmate continues to perform with credit race after race and may turn the tables under forecast softer conditions. Mr Chippy confirmed his ability is in tact after two years off with a useful Hexham handicap effort last time over 3m and it has to be of interest that connections have persevered with him after such a lay-off. He rates a major threat, whilst Acrai Rua has talent but is impossible to predict and Flemi Two Toes has place claims but has looked out of sorts the last thrice.
Acrai Rua (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Pressed leader, jumped slowly 7th, lost 2nd before 11th, soon given reminder, struggling from 15th, no chance in 5th when bad mistake and unseated rider last (normal 2 out), in a race won by Nail 'm (11-7) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Flemi Two Toes (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place 9th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Baile Anrai (11-12) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Mar, 6 ran.
Debt To Society (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, headway 9th, led after 3 out, edged right flat, driven out, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr beating Twice Lucky (10-2) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Urban Gale (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Mid-division, mistake 4th, soon towards rear, mistake 5 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Preswell Lad (11-4) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 in Apr, 16 ran.
Mr Chippy (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Prominent, mistake 12th, led 3 out, headed before last, no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Gibbstown (11-1) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
One In A Row (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Mid-division, reminders after 4th and 6th, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 40l behind River Purple (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Twice Lucky 7-1 (10-2) Held up, headway 8th, led 4 out, headed after 3 out, stayed pressing winner, mistake 2 out, held flat, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Debt To Society (10-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr.
Esme Rides A Gaine 15-2 (10-6) In rear, several slow jumps, struggling 13th, behind after 4 out, plugged on to take modest 4th latter stages, no chance with leaders, 4th of 8, 25l behind Gibbstown (11-1) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.