Malin Bay will surely be winning over hurdles before long, but he may need his first race since March and Koup De Kanon also makes his comeback having gone close at Hereford when last seen in April. MONKTON VALE showed his first worthwhile form over timber when third at Wetherby earlier this month and he can confirm running with fourth-placed Tower to open his account. Claude Carter put an end to a frustrating run of seconds when only fifth at Kelso last time so Sedgefield winner Northern Acres looks a bigger threat.
Malin Bay (IRE) 15-8 (11-2) Chased leaders, effort 3 out, soon weakened, remote 3rd, 3rd of 11, 27l behind Cloudy Too (10-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Koup De Kanon (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced before 2 out, soon ridden, rallied and every chance when not much room flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Eastlake (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Monkton Vale (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Close up, hit 3rd, hit 2 out, ridden before last, kept on from last, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Amtired (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Exit To Anywhere 25-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, in a race won by Shifting Gold (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 12 ran.
Beverly Hill Billy 15-2 (11-5) Held up in touch in 4th, weakened before 3 out, last of 10, well behind Imperial Breeze (11-9) at Ayr 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.
Tower 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, went 3rd before 3 out, no extra from last, 4th of 10, 8l behind Amtired (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Brave Spartacus (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, stayed on flat, never nearer, 6th of 10, 26l behind Jet Master (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Ancient Times (USA) 66-1 (10-8) Led to 5th, weakened when blundered 3 out, left poor 3rd last, 3rd of 6, well behind Abergavenny (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Claude Carter 7-2fav (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out to chase leaders, kept on from last, no impression, 5th of 12, 13l behind Weetfromthechaff (10-10) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Northern Acres 4-1fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, chased winner 2 out, weakened from last, 9th of 11, 20l behind The Dunion (10-0) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Forrest Lemons 50-1 (10-12) Chased winner until 5 out, weakened before next, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Houston Dynimo (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd, 9 ran.
Dar Es Salaam 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, weakened before 6th, 4th of 12, 27l behind Benefique (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.