Capote will no doubt enjoy the wet weather but though Trevor Hemmings paid £75,000 for him after he'd won a maiden point-to-point at Tattersalls Farm in December that was a very poor event, even by maiden point standards. Mr Utah is progressing nicely and overcame a bad mistake three out to complete a double at Kelso. He has a double penalty to carry here and will do well to concede weight to I NEED GOLD. Donald McCain's charge, who scored between the flags in March, left his previous form behind when making all over this track and trip for a comprehensive victory on New Year's Day and should complete the double. Brae On finally got off the mark when tackling a marathon trip at Kelso so stamina won't be a problem and he'll enjoy the testing conditions.
Mr Utah 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place after 2nd, headway approaching 4th, blundered and hampered last (normal 3 out), led over 2f out, pressed inside final furlong, driven out, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec beating Quel Elite (11-4) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Brae On (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) In rear, ridden 4 out, headway to press leader 2 out, led approaching last, driven out, won at Kelso 3m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec beating St Gregory (10-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
I Need Gold (IRE) 13-8 (10-12) Made all, ridden 2 out, readily, won at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Five In A Row (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Capote 2-1 (12-2) Ww in tch, gd prog 4out, on terms 3out, chall 2out, kow, won at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating Count Massini (11-6) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Generous Chief (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out to go in touch, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 7, 23l behind The Last Samuri (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Yukon Delta (IRE) 4-1fav (9-10) Held up in rear but in touch, mistake 1st, blundered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Baltic Pathfinder (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.