Panthers Run was probably already beaten when badly hampered by Pete's fall here last time but Jonathan Haynes' veteran can never be ignored around here. Surprise Vendor made late headway into fourth at Kelso earlier this week but Gavroche Gaugain proved disappointing last season and Zazamix doesn't appear to be improving. TURF TRIVIA was in the process of running a big race when falling three out at Newcastle last month. He could gain compensation with a clear round here.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 7-4fav (11-1) Held up in rear, ridden and headway 8th, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on flat, no impression, 4th of 8, 8l behind Prince Tam (10-4) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Pete 9-1 (11-5) In touch in 5th, chased leaders in 3rd before 5th, a close 2nd and going well when stumbled and fell after 2 out, in a race won by Lord Of Drums (11-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr, 8 ran.
Gavroche Gaugain (FR) 14-1 (9-11) Prominent, led 9th, 3 lengths up when ran out 2 out, in a race won by Sleep In First (11-4) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Apr, 9 ran.
Justjoe (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up 5th and last, driven and outpaced approaching 4 out, kept on same pace, never on terms, last of 5, 19l behind Riskier (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Zazamix (FR) 20-1 (10-4) Mid-division in 5th, headway before 10th, weakened 2 out, 7th of 8, 26l behind Tahiti Pearl (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Turf Trivia 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, effort 4 out, 3 lengths down in 2nd when fell next, in a race won by Sleep In First (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr, 12 ran.
Panthers Run 10-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, with leader 4th, left 3rd and badly hampered after 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Lord Of Drums (11-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Dodge The Bullet 10-1 (9-7) Held up behind, weakened from 6th, went 5th before 2 out, soon left poor 4th, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 50l behind Lord Of Drums (11-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.