JURISDICTION looks the one to beat on recent form as he seeks a hat-trick. Graham Lee has ridden the selection to victory twice here and although he carries an extra stone in weight for those wins given the conditions of the race, he can defy that penalty to score again here. Senor Alco has put in some decent bumper efforts in two starts under rules and could run well on hurdling debut. The Skanky Farmer has shown bits and pieces in points and Willie Hall won a bumper last term and could build upon that on a first jumps start. Jurisdiction is the solid choice.
Jurisdiction 10-11fav (11-5) Tracked leader until 4th, pushed along and reminder after 6th, headway on inner to lead 7th, ridden and under pressure approaching 3 out, hard ridden to assert authority after last, kept on well, won at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Oct beating Dove Hill (10-12) by 4l, 7 ran.
Arctic Court (IRE) 18-1 (11-1) In rear, headway 5th, weakened next, 7th of 14, 30l behind Drussell (11-0) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Belmore Baron 40-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake and lost place 4th, mistake and lost touch 6th, 12th of 16, well behind Ackertac (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, pushed along approaching 8th, behind and weakened approaching 3 out, last of 6, 41l behind Now This Is It (11-1) at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Fightstar (FR) 33-1 (10-11) Prominent, weakened after 3 out, mistake 2 out, 6th of 12, 37l behind Frontier Spirit (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Sep.
Froggy Lane 125-1 (10-5) Always behind, 10th of 15, 38l behind The Knoxs (10-7) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '09.
Goffa Crag 33-1 (10-11) Behind, effort to chase leaders after 3 out, ridden and weakened after next, 6th of 12, 41l behind Monogram (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct.
I Witness (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4th and reminder, weakened approaching 7th, pulled up before 3 out, tailed off, in a race won by Jurisdiction (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May, 11 ran.
Night In Milan (IRE) 5-2 (10-13) Tracked leading pair, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 8, 9l behind Skipper Robin (10-6) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) sft in Apr.
Northern Flame (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway over 3f out, no impression over 2f out, 4th of 8, 8l behind Skipper Robin (10-6) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) sft in Apr.
Senor Alco (FR) 5-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, hard ridden to challenge well over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Lovey Dovey (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
The Skanky Farmer 9-2 (12-5) Held up; eff 15; led by-passing 2 out; sn clr, won at Whittington 3m ptp in Apr '08 beating Tomopolly (12-5) by 4l, 12 ran.
Tomzatackman (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway 7f out, soon pushed along, ridden to go 4th over 3f out, no impression, 4th of 6, 34l behind The Cockney Mackem (11-4) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) sft in Sep.
What A Dream 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, raced very wide 1st bend after 3f, quickly weakened 5f out, last of 14, well behind Bold Sir Brian (10-12) at Ayr 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) sft in Dec.
Willie Hall 11-4fav (11-6) Held up, headway 4f out to chase leaders, kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 11, 2l behind Life Long (10-11) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (5) sft in Dec.
Flighty Mist 80-1 (10-13) Mid-division, effort 4 out, soon weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Present (10-10) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gf in Jul '08, 16 ran.