Carrigdhoun won a three-runner race at Kelso earlier this month but is likely to find this a bit tougher off an 8lb higher mark. Pyjama Game is on a hat-trick after victories at Sedgefield and Hexham but THE FRIARY wasn't far behind last time and is 3lb better off here. Lucinda Russell's charge will also be better for the run so is fancied to turn the tables and land this as Abnaki is a quirky sort who hasn't raced since pulling up at Haydock in March. Moyode Wood stays well but has been off the track for a long time, though is still preferred to veteran Vic Venturi and the out-of-sorts Dun Masc.
Carrigdhoun (IRE) 3-1 (10-6) Led from 1st, jumped slow 5th, headed before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, led last, kept on well towards finish, driven out, won at Kelso 2m 7f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd beating Atlanta Falcon (11-5) by 8l, 3 ran.
Abnaki (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Mid-division, not travel well, struggling 15th, jumped left when behind next, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Monsieur Cadou (11-2) at Haydock 3m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar, 12 ran.
Vic Venturi (IRE) 40-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, lost place 12th, struggling from 14th, well behind 16th, pulled up after, in a race won by Mossey Joe (12-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hts chs (2) gd in Jun, 13 ran.
Dun Masc (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, weakened from 8th, mistake 11th, tailed off before and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Ballybough Gorta (11-9) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Aug, 8 ran.
Pyjama Game (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Led, jumped well, headed approaching 2 out, led again soon after, ridden before last, all out, held on gamely (4 fences omitted), won at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating Baltic Pathfinder (10-11) by nk, 7 ran.
The Friary (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, slow 6th, effort approaching last, stayed on under pressure, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Pyjama Game (11-10) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Moyode Wood 2-1fav (11-0) Led, headed before 7th, tracked leader, led again 3 out, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Tasheba (11-0) at Cartmel 3m 2f beg chase (4) gs in Aug '12.