HELLORBOSTON seems to be gradually getting his act together over timber judged on his latest second to Simarthur over 3m at Hexham. This looks a good opportunity for Donald McCain's charge, who ran in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last year, to open his account over timber. Blueside Boy hasn't been seen since finishing fourth in this race 12 months ago but Masterleaderman was third on his reappearance at Musselburgh and Lord Usher may do better now tackling hurdles.
Allforthelove 66-1 (11-0) Soon in rear, hampered 7th, soon tailed off, plugged on from 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 48l behind Simarthur (11-0) at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Blueside Boy (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Behind, headway under pressure 3 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 13, 22l behind Forty Crown (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec '12.
Hellorboston (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Led, mistake 3 out, headed after next, ridden before last, kept to chase winner run-in, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Simarthur (11-0) at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Lord Usher (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway 10f out, chased leaders over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 6th of 14, 13l behind Oscar Fortune (11-4) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gs in Apr.
Marlee Massie (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) In rear and mistakes, never dangerous, 8th of 9, well behind Kilbree Chief (10-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Masterleaderman (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Chased leader, mistake 8th and 9th, under pressure 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Clondaw Hero (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m mdn hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Mr Mansson (IRE) 80-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division and keen, headway before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 10, 38l behind Honourable Gent (10-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Prairie Lad 50-1 (10-12) Always behind, losing touch when went left 6th, plugged on, never a threat, 5th of 9, 22l behind Vinny Gambini (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft.
Ruberslaw 80-1 (11-0) Towards rear, mistake 6th, hampered 7th, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Simarthur (11-0) at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) sft, 8 ran.
Thorlak (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place after 6th, mistake next, never a factor, 6th of 10, 49l behind Racing Pulse (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd.