SHOAL BAY DREAMER made a winning reappearance under Tony Kelly at Hexham last season and is only a pound higher this time around. This is a modest affair and Dianne Sayer's charge may well be good enough again receiving weight all round. Ballycool is proving expensive to follow but Spitfire Ace should improve on his fourth at Hexham as he was placed a couple of times in point-to-points. Accordingtoscript and Tresor De L'Isle are others with a bit of scope.
Ballycool (IRE) 4-1fav (10-9) Prominent, led before 2nd, mistake 4th (water), headed before last, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 18l behind Streams Of Whiskey (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Acordingtoscript (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Mid-division, badly hampered 1st, fell next, in a race won by Streams Of Whiskey (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Spitfire Ace (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd, ridden after 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 11, 11l behind Streams Of Whiskey (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Tresor De L'isle (FR) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, ridden after 5 out, went poor 4th 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 10, well behind Whiskey Ridge (9-13) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in May.
Alexander Oats 9-2 (11-7) Mid-division, jumped left 5th, lost place 8th, hampered next, struggling 4 out, went 4th 2 out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 9, 45l behind Shooting Times (11-1) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Milan Royale 14-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 11, 39l behind Streams Of Whiskey (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Laybach (IRE) 5-1 (10-4) Took keen hold, with leader, soon settled in 3rd, ridden before last, one pace, 5th of 9, 19l behind Push Me (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Shoal Bay Dreamer 12-1 (10-6) Always towards rear, 7th of 10, 49l behind Knight Woodsman (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.