Tahiti Pearl was a somewhat lucky winner over track and trip on Boxing Day and has gone up a further 5lb since. He may be worth taking on today with TARA ROYAL, who has his sights lowered a little and is only a pound higher than when beating Woody Waller by more than four lengths at Musselburgh a year ago. John Wade's charge hasn't run since April last year and stablemate Riskier is better over further in general, though seems to like it around here.
Woody Waller 11-1 (11-2) Close up, led from 3rd, headed narrowly before 6th, soon left in lead, blundered 7th, headed 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 35l behind The Knoxs (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gd in Apr.
Tara Royal 10-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced after 9th, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 31l behind Tiptoeaway (11-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Tahiti Pearl (IRE) 13-8 (11-2) Made all, pressed 3 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec beating Sergeant Pink (9-12) by 3l, 5 ran.
Riskier 3-1 (11-11) With winner, narrow lead when pecked badly 2 out, kept on and held by winner, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Billy Cuckoo (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Dec.