Carrietau posted a better effort at Newcastle last time and is only 4lb higher than when successful at Musselburgh in November. He should be in the firing-line again but this can go to THE THIRSTY BRICKY. The latter was below par on his latest start but recorded a double in March, including a victory over C&D under today's conditional, and David Thompson's chaser is given another chance today. Soul Magic was in fine form at Cartmel last summer winning four times in a row and isn't out of this off his current mark while Signalman is another to consider on his recent second to Pena Dorada at Hexham.
Signalman 7-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 3 out, weakened next, last of 4, 24l behind Devotion To Duty (10-12) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (4) gs in Mar.
Carrietau 22-1 (11-11) Led until after 2nd, reminders after 6th, outpaced 11th, rallied 2 out, stayed on to go 2nd after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Montoya's Son (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
The Thirsty Bricky (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st, jumped slowly next, ridden when blundered 3 out, well beaten after, last of 5, 37l behind Kai Broon (11-2) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Bob's Dream (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led last, headed flat, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 7l behind Suprise Vendor (11-4) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd.
Kilkenny All Star (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Tracked winner, mistake 6th, lost 2nd place before 4 out, one pace, 4th of 5, 23l behind Qoubilai (11-6) at Wetherby 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Soul Magic (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Held up in last, not fluent 1st, pushed along after 8th, ridden after next, closed 3 out, not clear run and switched right flat, stayed on same pace final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Kai Broon (11-2) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Behindcloseddoors (IRE) 11-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, 31l behind King's Chorister (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Sumdancer (NZ) 66-1 (11-0) Led 1 til hdd aft 12; wknd 15; pu 4 out, in a race won by Brize Norton (11-0) at Hutton Rudby 3m ptp gd in Mar, 10 ran.