It took Grey Soldier a long time to get the hang of jumping fences but a victory at Cartmel will have boosted confidence and he makes more appeal now than fellow recent scorers Toledo Gold and Turf Trivia. Bygones Of Brid may have been a lucky winner here last month and the concession of 7lb to RHYMERS HA' could be beyond him. Lucinda Russell's charge ran the more experienced Jack The Gent to two lengths at Kelso and will know more today. Winning hurdlers Agricultural and Alba King may be best of the rest, though Twill Stand To Us has already won over fences between the flags.
Bygones of Brid (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Made most, headed narrowly 11th, 1/2 length down and pushed along when left clear 2 out, unchallenged after, kept on, won at Hexham 2m 4f nov chs (4) gf beating Indian Voyage (10-12) by 28l, 8 ran.
Grey Soldier (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, hit 8th, went 2nd after last, led on home bend, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 2m 1f nov chs (4) gf in May beating Dare Me (11-5) by 8l, 6 ran.
Toledo Gold (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Led, hit 1st, clear 5th until next, headed 3 out and dropped to 3rd, rallied to 2nd 2 out, 2 lengths 2nd at the last, led soon after, driven out, won at Perth 2m nov chs (4) gf beating Mulligan's Man (10-12) by 6l, 6 ran.
Turf Trivia 7-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 9th, led after 2 out, pushed clear flat, won at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Apache Dawn (11-4) by 10l, 8 ran.
Agricultural 10-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced 2 out, no impression in 4th between last 2, 4th of 7, 16l behind Baccalaureate (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Alba King (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along 7th, soon lost place, 7th of 9, 30l behind Endeavor (11-0) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May.
Bachelor Lad (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no threat after 4 out, 8th of 15, 39l behind Sands Cove (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase gd in May.
Bucklemyshoe (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Soon led, raced keen, headed 9th, soon lost place, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bobble Hat Bob (11-5) at Hexham 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd, 11 ran.
Danceintothelight 18-1 (10-9) Led until before 6th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Dizzy River (10-7) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May, 7 ran.
Emperor Of Rome (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, jumped right 1st, mistake 4th, weakened before 2 out where mistake, 7th of 16, 26l behind Musnad (10-9) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Heart O Annandale (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, struggling from 5th, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Croco Bay (11-7) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in May, 7 ran.
Larkhall 5-1 (12-0) Trckd wnr; led brief 13; mist 3 out; no ex, 4th of 9, 13l behind Sposalizio (12-0) at South Durham 2m 4f ptp gd.
Rathnaroughy (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Led or disputed lead to before 7th, lost place next, behind from 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Bathwick Man (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul, 14 ran.
Rhymers Ha' 4-1 (10-5) Tracked winner until 3rd and again from 7th, closed 3 out, ridden before next, every chance when not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 5, 2l behind Jack The Gent (11-5) at Kelso 2m 1f nov chs (4) gd in May.
Twill Stand To Us (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Led, soon clear, ridden and headed before last, lost 2nd soon after, soon weakened, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Oscar Tanner (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd.