MORESTEAD is perfectly at home in the mud and has gone close the last twice. He drops down a grade after a recent length defeat at Fontwell and Tony McCoy can steer him to victory. Decent Lord got no further than the first fence last time but has a shout on his earlier fourth at Catterick. Teenage Dream is another dropped in class but today's ground may not be to his liking, while Cooldine Run has been placed over hurdles at this track but that was on fast going.
Cooldine Run (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Towards rear, headway 7th, in touch, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 11, 41l behind Night Of Passion (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Teenage Dream (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, slow 6th, weakened 7th, last of 5, 37l behind Mr Mole (11-0) at Warwick 2m beg chs (4) gs in Dec.
Morestead (IRE) 5-4fav (10-13) Led until 7th, chased leader, jumped slowly 4th, lost 2nd 4 out, chased leading pair, well held when left in 6 length lead soon after the last, idled badly flat and headed close home, 2nd of 4, 1l behind Zhukov (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Decent Lord (IRE) 2-1fav (10-5) Blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Cara Court (10-8) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 4 ran.
The Informant 8-1 (10-5) Always behind, pushed along halfway, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Doheny Bar (10-8) at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Strathaird (IRE) 66-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd or 8th, outpaced 4 out, well beaten 2 out, last of 7, 27l behind Bob's Dream (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.