MERCHANT OF DUBAI has only raced twice over hurdles, and was placed on both occasions. He won over 1m6f here in June on the Flat and may have been let in lightly on his handicap debut over timber. Ueueteoti only found one too good again at Kelso last month but Red Eyes came unstuck at Perth after winning at Sedgefield and has been well beaten on the level since. Ballyreesode was pulled up on his UK debut and Any Given Moment returns from a break but Bogside should be thereabouts and Weybridge Light has been in better form this year and should figure again off a low weight.
Ueueteotl (FR) 5-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, ridden before last, blundered when pressed last, headed run-in, kept on and held near finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Vinny Gambini (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Easy Reach (IRE) 6-1fav (11-7) Mid-division, ridden 5 out, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Credit Box (10-9) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Sep '12, 16 ran.
Merchant Of Dubai Evensfav (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 14, 11l behind Ingleby Spirit (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec '11.
Red Eyes 4-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, hit 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 33l behind Mysteree (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Bogside (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway to go 4th before 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Turtle Watch (10-3) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Any Given Moment (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, pressed for 2nd from 4th, not fluent 7th or 9th, ridden before 2 out, strong challenge final 150 yards, ran on, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Unex Picasso (11-4) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Abbey Garth (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Glencree (11-6) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Ballyreesode (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Always behind, soon pulled up, in a race won by Finding Your Feet (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct, 9 ran.
Weybridge Light 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 5th until approaching 3 out, outpaced in 4th before next, went 3rd at the last, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Moscow Me (11-3) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Oct.