It will be interesting to see if there's any money for Papa Caruso, who won on his reappearance at Newcastle last term, but the one to beat is probably THE MAGIC BISHOP. Malcolm Jefferson's seven-year-old won over a longer trip here two runs ago before finishing fifth on a subsequent visit to the track. But that still gives him the beating of the disappointing Whats Up Woody while Rossini's Dancer was never travelling at Kelso last time. The top weight did beat the selection at Perth in September, however, and could make a race of it despite a big turnaround in the weights.
Rossini's Dancer 15-2 (11-0) Tracked leader from 2nd, led 6th, headed after 10th, lost place 12th, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Lively Baron (11-5) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Papa Caruso 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division in touch, lost place 10th, soon behind, 7th of 13, well behind Our Mick (11-8) at Kempton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
The Magic Bishop 15-2 (11-6) Held up in last pair, headway and in touch on inside approaching 4 out, ridden and outpaced after next, soon beaten, lost moderate 4th flat, 5th of 8, 27l behind Rebel Swing (10-13) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.
Whats Up Woody (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, chased leaders 11th, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Rebel Swing (10-13) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Oct.