Tartan Snow won one of these events at Kelso before finding the much lower rated Pena Dorada to good at the same track. The former may well reverse running here but Moscow Menace has finished runner-up to the aforementioned pair on his last couple of starts and has more to do. Sacred Mountain beat Tartan Snow last year and is not easily dismissed with a recent comeback run under his belt, though it's the Irish raider WALDEN that gets the vote. He went very close to catching the in-form That's Rhythm at Musselburgh last month and a repeat should see him come out best today.
Back On The Road (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 6th of 15, 29l behind Pena Dorada (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) In touch main group, headway and in touch 5 out, went 2nd next, led 2 out, stayed on well, won at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs beating Moscow Menace (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Tartan Snow 11-10fav (11-13) Mid-division, headway 5 out, chased leading pair 3 out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure from next, no impression, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Pena Dorada (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs.
Moscow Menace (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway when blundered 12th, in touch 5 out, ridden to chase leaders 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, kept on flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Pena Dorada (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs.
Sacred Mountain 12-1 (12-1) Led, headed before 5th, tracked leaders, lost place from 7 out, 5th of 10, 42l behind Tartan Snow (12-2) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Sammy Spiderman 66-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, refused and unseated rider last, in a race won by Tartan Snow (12-2) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs in Feb, 10 ran.
Ballycolin 16-1 (11-5) Behind, headway 5 out, chased leaders 3 out, ridden and no impression next, weakened last, 5th of 15, 28l behind Pena Dorada (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs.
Mardood 5-1 (12-5) Hdwy 11; wknd qckly aft 3 out, 6th of 11, 35l behind Moscow Menace (12-5) at Ratcheugh Racing Club 3m ptp gd in Dec.
Viking Rebel (IRE) 25-1 (12-0) A bhnd; to, 7th of 9, 38l behind Indian Print (12-0) at Tynedale 3m 5f ptp gs.
Walden (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Held up, not fluent 11th or 16th, headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd before last, driven to press winner towards finish, held close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind That's Rhythm (11-11) at Musselburgh 3m 3f hts chs (3) sft in Feb.