TARTAN SNOW won a similar contest as he liked over course and distance last month. He has leading claims on today's terms and can repeat his success in last year's renewal. Moscow Menace finished a distance behind the selection in second though better is expected with that run under his belt. But Douglas Julian and Tommysteel have even more to find with Tartan Snow and Pena Dorada makes more appeal on his recent second at Musselburgh. Buckstruther goes well here and Special Portrait can also get involved if back to his best.
Back On The Road (IRE) 33-1 (11-13) In rear, steady headway in poor 5th after 5 out, left 4th 2 out, went 3rd last, never dangerous, 3rd of 11, 24l behind Habbie Simpson (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Douglas Julian 14-1 (12-5) With leaders, led before 5th, blundered 4 out, headed 3 out, ridden before last, soon lost 2nd place, one pace run-in, 3rd of 10, 23l behind Tartan Snow (12-2) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Sotovik (IRE) 7-4 (11-0) Chsd ldrs til ur 14, in a race won by Tipsy Dara (10-7) at Dumfresshire & Stewartry 3m ptp sft in Feb, 6 ran.
Special Portrait (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Held up, headway before 9th, not fluent 11th, outpaced 14th, well beaten after 16th, 6th of 12, 15l behind That's Rhythm (11-11) at Musselburgh 3m 3f hts chs (3) sft in Feb.
Tartan Snow 13-2 (12-2) Held up in touch, headway before 4 out, led 3 out, clear before last, won at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs in Feb beating Moscow Menace (11-8) by 20l, 10 ran.
Tommysteel (IRE) 4-1 (12-5) Prog up to chall 3 out; wknd nxt, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Gunner Jack (12-5) at Dumfresshire & Stewartry 3m ptp sft in Feb.
Buckstruther (IRE) 7-2 (11-13) Chased leader, soon in touch, ridden 2 out, kept on to chase winner run-in, always held, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Drom (11-11) at Kelso 3m 2f hts chs (4) gf in May.
Gin Cobbler 3-1 (12-7) Held up; hdwy 15; wknd qckly 2 out, 6th of 11, 19l behind Page One Two Nine (12-0) at Ratcheugh Racing Club 3m ptp gd in Dec.
Molten Brown 40-1 (11-9) Towards rear, ridden 5 out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, well behind Habbie Simpson (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Moon Over Miami (GER) 9-1 (11-7) Mid-division, not fluent 3rd, mistakes 4th and 7th, headway when mistake 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 13, 19l behind Overlut (11-7) at Stratford 2m 1f hts chs (6) gd in Jun.
Moscow Menace (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Prominent, chased winner before last, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 20l behind Tartan Snow (12-2) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Towards rear, headway before 5 out, went 2nd before last, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Habbie Simpson (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Silent Snow (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Towards rear, mistake 1st, unseated rider 9th, in a race won by Habbie Simpson (11-9) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb, 11 ran.
Ashtonmore 6-1 (11-0) Chsd ldrs; no imp 3 out, 2nd of 6, 25l behind Tipsy Dara (10-7) at Dumfresshire & Stewartry 3m ptp sft in Feb.
Ballycolin 14-1 (11-7) In rear, mistake 3rd, not fluent and struggling 15th, pulled up before next, in a race won by That's Rhythm (11-11) at Musselburgh 3m 3f hts chs (3) sft in Feb, 12 ran.
Supreme Builder 25-1 (11-0) Chsd ldrs til wknd 12; to & pu 3 out, in a race won by Sacred Mountain (11-0) at West Percy 3m ptp sft in Jan, 8 ran.