ARDESIA is the only one to jump off the page after scoring very sweetly here over the weekend. Tina Jackson's charge also bagged this contest last year and with Alexander Voy getting on very well with the gelding, the partnership looks a solid bet to go in again under a 7lb penalty. Course winner Turbo Shandy is 7lb lower over hurdles than fences and has claims if putting a modest Towcester effort behind him. Nisaal's form figures are not overly inspiring but he hasn't been disgraced in his last three outings at Kelso and Paul Gallacher is a top-notch booking. Arisea looks each-way material for the local Moffatt yard.
General Eliott (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up last, headway after 3 out, stayed on to modest 3rd before last, never any chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Shinrock Hill (11-5) at Lingfield 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Man Of Principles (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened from 6 out, completely tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Another Flutter (11-9) at Thurles 3m beg chase hvy in Feb.
Arisea (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, went 4th after 3 out, one pace, 4th of 10, 17l behind Laterly (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May.
Red Skipper (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, blundered 5th, outpaced when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, 5th of 7, 18l behind Degas Art (10-9) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) gf in May.
Nisaal (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Tracked leader until not fluent 3rd, outpaced after 7th, weakened after next, 4th of 9, 22l behind What A Steel (10-3) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Turbo Shandy 4-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 6th of 8, 21l behind Erdeli (11-9) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Lets Go Girls 12-1 (10-7) With leader, ridden to lead approaching 2 out, headed 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 15l behind Dream Risk (9-10) at Perth 2m clm hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Castletown Boy (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, not fluent and ridden 4th, behind next, 7th of 9, well behind Be Definite (11-5) at Perth 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in May.
Heart of Dubai (USA) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 4th, headway after 6th, blundered 3 out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 19l behind Sheriff Hall (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Royal Flynn 14-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, ridden after 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 9, 33l behind Standing Order (10-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in May.
Ardesia (IRE) 11-4fav (10-12) With leader, led 5th, drew clear approaching bypassed last, stayed on well, easily, won at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in May beating Murfreesboro (10-2) by 6l, 14 ran.
Endeavor 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd or 5th, mistake 3 out, lost place 2 out, 11th of 15, 34l behind Sean Airgead (11-5) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in May.