URBAN KODE was only beaten a length-and-a-half in a much more competitive handicap at Newcastle two runs ago and wouldn't have enjoyed the softer going at Kelso last time. He can get off the mark over timber here. Stablemate Barello Road is becoming increasingly unreliable while Benluna has also been pulled up in two of his last three starts. Devil Water has been racing over further between the flags and Sleeping Policeman has to improve on what he's shown so far if he's to figure.
Devil Water 8-1 (12-7) (tt) stdy prog aft 11; wknd qckly aft 3 out; to, 4th of 7, 43l behind Miss Vivian (12-0) at Dalston 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Urban Kode (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, effort 2 out, no headway, 9th of 15, 24l behind Dr Flynn (11-7) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Sleeping Policeman (FR) 50-1 (10-9) Prominent, led 2nd, headed approaching 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 10, 21l behind Un Bon P'tit Gars (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Benluna (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, under pressure approaching 4th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up last, in a race won by Stanley Bridge (10-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr, 8 ran.
Barello Road 50-1 (9-11) Held up in touch, weakened from 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Inoogoo (11-1) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Daniel's Dream 100-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, not fluent 1st, prominent after 2nd, weakened after 3 out, last of 12, 40l behind Jasperito (10-6) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr.
More Shennanigans 14-1 (9-12) With leader, pushed along before 9th, soon lost place, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Frith (10-8) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Balwyllo (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Held up, mistake 1st, behind when mistake 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Olympian Boy (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep, 11 ran.