Midnight Charmer won a couple of lesser grade handicaps last month and is upped another 8lb for this. Tresor De L'Isle's recent victory at Ayr looks stronger form and he should be thereabouts once again, but BADGER FOOT may be the one to side with. The latter showed the benefit for a slide down the weights when beaten only three lengths at Hexham last time and a winner has already come out of the race. Lucinda Russell's charge gets the vote with Spitfire Ace looking best of the rest on his earlier fourth at Hexham.
Goodtoknow 11-2 (11-4) Held up, mistake and unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Arkaim (11-0) at Towcester 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs, 10 ran.
Badger Foot (IRE) 7-2 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, led approaching when mistake 2 out, soon headed, weakened last, 5th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Pyjama Game (11-10) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Tresor De L'isle (FR) 15-2 (11-4) Close up, led 9th, clear from 2 out, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft beating Shoal Bay Dreamer (9-12) by 3l, 8 ran.
Spitfire Ace (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) In touch, unseated 1st, in a race won by Tresor De L'isle (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft, 8 ran.
Midnight Charmer 9-4 (10-3) In touch, headway to track leaders 8th, pressed leader from 2 out, edged left and led last, stayed on gamely, won at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Oct beating Plum Pudding (11-12) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Acordingtoscript (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up behind, blundered 12th, headway before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 8, 20l behind Tresor De L'isle (11-4) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, reminder before 5th, went before 6th, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 7, 49l behind Have You Had Yours (9-11) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Twice Lucky 9-4fav (10-13) Led, reminders after 3rd, headed before 12th, ridden before 3 out, soon lost 2nd place, soon weakened, 4th of 6, 37l behind Settledoutofcourt (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft.