ROMANY RYME is clearly no world-beater but was only headed approaching the last in a maiden hurdle at Hexham earlier this month and could be capable of getting off the mark in an ordinary handicap. Mr Utah landed the odds in a four-runner race at Sedgefield last time and still has a bit of scope while Dickie Henderhoop should be thereabouts again despite still creeping up the weights. Bescot Springs is better known as a chaser, however, and the remainder are a modest bunch though Jack Albert did win a novices' handicap at Musselburgh recently off an 8lb lower mark.
Mr Utah 4-7fav (10-9) Made all, ridden before last, kept on, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gs beating Magic Present (11-0) by 2l, 4 ran.
Romany Ryme 11-4 (10-7) Prominent, went 3rd before 3 out, led after 2 out, headed before last, no extra and lost 2nd place run-in, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Simarthur (11-0) at Hexham 3m mdn hdl (5) sft.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 17-2 (9-12) In touch, hit 3rd, slow and dropped to rear 9th, driven 19th, behind 4 out, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Royale Knight (10-3) at Kelso 4m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs, 9 ran.
Quel Elite (FR) 25-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, ridden approaching 3 out, switched left and stayed on from after 2 out, nearest finish, 4th of 9, 7l behind Di Kaprio (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Dickie Henderhoop (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, stayed on to 3rd before 2 out, went over 5 lengths 2nd at the last, closed on tiring winner in closing stages, always held, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Granaruid (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 3f amat hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Caerlaverock (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, weakened from 8th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Rattlin (10-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Nodda High Kid 13-2 (10-9) Held up in touch on outside, closed before 4th and pushed along, reminders when not fluent 5th, driven along 7th, outpaced after 3 out, weakened before next, went 3rd post, 3rd of 6, 23l behind Beauboreen (11-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Amethyst Rose (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Prominent until ridden 4 out, weakened 2 out, 8th of 10, well behind Brae On (10-7) at Kelso 3m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Jack Albert (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) Led to 2nd, mistake 3rd, led again 5th, headed 6th, led again 7th, headed after 4 out, led run-in, kept on gamely, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd beating Brunello (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.