Quinder Spring has disappointed on his two most recent starts after looking a decent prospect and may be too high in the weights. Mansonien L'As is only moderate but jumps and stays and with his lowly weight should make his presence felt while, at the opposite end of the weight scale, Boris The Blade is well enough handicapped if able to recapture his best form. BEAU DANDY won a handicap at Ayr in February and started favourite back there a month ago. He was probably an unlucky loser after being badly impeded and consolation awaits here. Twice Lucky landed a novices' handicap at Kelso last month and was in front when falling at Wetherby last time so he looks a threat if none the worse for his mishap.
Boris The Blade 14-1 (10-9) Chased leader, led after 2nd, headed before 8th and quickly lost place, stayed on from 2 out, went 3rd run-in, no impression, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Runswick Relax (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Quinder Spring (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Mid-division, headway approaching 8th where not fluent, outpaced after 4 out, well held after, went modest 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 22l behind Strobe (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Saville Row (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, reminder 2nd, jumped right 7th, tailed off 8th, pulled up before 9th, in a race won by La Pantera Rosa (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in Sep, 8 ran.
Jasperito 2-1 (11-3) With leader, blundered 3rd, mistake 8th (water), reminders 11th, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Papamoa (11-3) at Hexham 3m 1f Beginners Chase (0-110) (4yo+) (4) sft in Nov, 5 ran.
Beau Dandy (IRE) 5-2fav (10-3) Led until 12th, 3rd when badly hampered 3 out, challenged last, held towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Overquest (10-12) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Nicky Tam (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) In touch, not fluent and lost place 9th, given reminders, rallied next, weakened 12th, pulled up before 14th, in a race won by Global Flyer (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in May '11, 6 ran.
Twice Lucky 6-4fav (10-11) Led until fell 7th, in a race won by Billy Cuckoo (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Hawthorne Bay 200-1 (10-8) Held up behind, headway before 8th, weakened 5 out, 10th of 11, well behind Aland Islands (11-1) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs in Nov.
Sammy Spiderman 7-2 (10-9) Held up, ridden 9th, struggling 11th, mistake 13th, weakened approaching 4 out, last of 5, 40l behind Secret Desert (9-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Mansonien L'as (FR) 9-2 (10-10) Held up in touch, led 4 out, headed before 3 out, led again before last, soon headed, kept on run-in, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Samson Collonges (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Shadow Boxer 9-1 (10-11) Held up in mid-division, ridden when mistake 10th (water), headway 12th, weakened 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Treehouse (10-11) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Apr, 11 ran.
Matmata de Tendron (FR) 11-4 (10-0) Led after 2nd, headed 4th, remained prominent, ridden after 16th, soon lost place, no impression from 4 out, 5th of 7, 11l behind Danny John Boy (10-12) at Cartmel 3m 6f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.