BLENHEIM BROOK is fancied to go one place better than when second at Hexham last time. Lucinda Russell's gelding was a soft ground point-to-point winner and he ran a great race when second to Monogram at Hexham; with this track to suit he should go close. Sunnyside has a 7lb penalty for his three mile win, whilst Noble Scholar was good enough to win a second bumper under a penalty and is respected on his hurdling bow. Rival D'Estruval should improve now tackling an obstacle, however a bigger danger might be Tiptoeaway was emphatic on his bumper debut at Hexham.
Sunnyside 7-1 (10-5) Made all, clear approaching last, easily, won at Hexham 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs beating Moon Indigo (10-11) by 5l, 6 ran.
Blenheim Brook (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) In touch, headway 3 out, led before next, headed approaching last, ridden and edged left flat, kept on and every chance until no extra towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Monogram (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs.
Blue Bertie Terimon gelding out of Den Is Over.
Emperor Charlie 28-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 5f out, soon struggling, 5th of 14, 27l behind Mawsem (10-13) at Southwell 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Forty Something (IRE) Moothyeb gelding out of Drumquin Girl.
Frontier Boy (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) In rear when collided with rail and almost unseated rider after 2f, always behind, 12th of 17, 50l behind Nuts N Bolts (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Lady Jinks 7-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear and keen, tracked leaders on outer approaching 3rd, ridden after 7th, weakened next, 4th of 8, 42l behind Russian War (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Noble Scholar (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Always prominent, led over 3f out, hard pressed from over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, just prevailed, won at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jun beating Aupcharlie (10-11) by hd, 11 ran.
Rival D'Estruval (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, chased leaders over 5f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 19, 11l behind Problema Tic (11-5) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in May.
Sacred Mountain 50-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, weakening when blundered 10th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Auroras Encore (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chs (4) sft in Dec '08, 12 ran.
Seren Rouge 14-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, struggling from 5f out, 10th of 12, 46l behind Sprinter Sacre (11-4) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Taras Joy (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) 4th of 7, 14l behind Skarmanche (12-4) at Mordon 3m ptp fm in May.
Tiptoeaway (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear on outside, headway over 8f out, went 2nd 4f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, won at Hexham 2m nhf (6) gs in Apr beating Master Murphy (10-9) by 7l, 12 ran.
Transparency 33-1 (10-6) Raced keenly and led, headed 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 46l behind Hidden Keel (10-13) at Southwell 2m 1f mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr '09.
Yurok (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, headway over 6f out, challenged 4f out, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 17, 12l behind Nuts N Bolts (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Euro One 4-1 (11-7) Jnd ldrs 11; wknd 3 out, 4th of 12, 44l behind Scotch Warrior (12-0) at Overton 2m 4f ptp gf in Mar.
Louisa (GER) 12-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 3rd after 2 out, disputed 2nd approaching last, ridden and rallied flat, held towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Diamond Mm (10-10) at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft.