Heart O' The West has been off the track for a long time but is nicely handicapped if anywhere near his best. Brian Ellison tries the three-year-old Fine Kingdom in a handicap after he went down with all guns blazing behind Red Tyke at Kelso. He shouldn't be far away but Snowed In's jumping continues to impede any progress and Ritsi was tailed off over a longer trip at Bangor in August. RUPERT BEAR's Hexham victory in May didn't amount to much but he didn't fare badly on his return at Kelso last month and gets a tentative vote here.
Ritsi 16-1 (11-4) Towards rear, never dangerous, last of 7, well behind Mr Tingle (11-9) at Bangor 3m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Rupert Bear 9-2 (10-9) In rear, headway before 2 out, ridden and kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Hunters Belt (11-5) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct.
Fine Kingdom 11-5 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, driven 3 out, switched outside and ridden approaching next, rallied flat, went 2nd near finish, just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Red Tyke (11-5) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Snowed In (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistakes 1st and 2nd, not fluent 3rd, headway approaching 3 out, ridden before next, no impression on leaders, 5th of 9, 12l behind Haymarket (10-9) at Ludlow 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Heart O' The West (IRE) 50-1 (11-11) Held up, ridden 6th, always in rear, 10th of 14, 31l behind Sheriff Hall (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov '10.