HOUSTON DYNIMO is no slouch on the Flat or over fences. He's also won twice over hurdles and, rated 12lb higher over the larger obstacles, may have too much class for these despite conceding weight all round. Kelso third Born To Shine may be the danger as he's lightly raced, though Granaruid was placed at Cartmel last month and also has a decent amateur on board. Glasson Lad will appreciate the drop back in trip but is a long-standing maiden and none of the others make much appeal on recent form.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Jumped right 1st, led, headed 8th, chased winner to 3 out, soon outpaced by leading pair, moderate 3rd when left 2nd last, weakened into 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 44l behind No Planning (11-7) at Kelso 2m 1f nov chs (4) sft in Mar.
Dica (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, weakened 5 out, 8th of 10, well behind Bhaltair (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gs in Dec.
Granaruid (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and headed before last, no impression final 150 yards, one pace, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Clouds Of Mist (10-6) at Cartmel 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in May.
Glasson Lad (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost ground on front trio 4th, outpaced from 9th, well held after, 7th of 9, 20l behind Unex Picasso (11-4) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Weybridge Light 12-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway 3 out, went remote 5th before last, never dangerous, 7th of 12, well behind Corky Dancer (10-0) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Millers Reef (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Towards rear, unseated rider 6th, in a race won by Castlelawn (11-3) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 9 ran.
Born To Shine (USA) 25-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, ridden and held before 2 out, kept on and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Croco Bay (11-7) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in May.
Daniel's Dream 100-1 (9-7) With leaders, lost place from 5 out, 9th of 10, well behind Morning Time (10-1) at Hexham 2m Am nov hcp hdl (5) gd.