Blazing Diva last won two years ago from a 12lb higher mark but arrives badly out of form. Oddjob was a 40/1 chance on his chasing bow at Hereford in December and fell at the second while Dingo Bay appeared to be suited by dropping back to 2m4f here last time and scored with something in hand. An 8lb rise makes things a bit more difficult and SAMSON COLLONGES looks the one to be on. He made his stamina count for two victories at Hexham and though falling on his hat-trick attempt can return to winning ways. Billsgrey is well held by the selection on their run at Hexham though did run better at Kelso last time.
Oddjob (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, fell 2nd, in a race won by Vulcanite (11-0) at Hereford 2m nov chs (4) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Across The Tweed (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, tailed off from 9th, 7th of 8, well behind Viva Colonia (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Jan.
Blazing Diva (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Prominent, mistake 5th, jumped slowly and lost place 7th, outpaced 10th, weakened 12th, mistake next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Shadow Boxer (10-3) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.
Dingo Bay 6-5fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, headway before 4 out, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan beating Sam Patch (11-2) by 7l, 8 ran.
Billsgrey (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Prominent, led 2nd until bumped next, led 5th until 6th, led 8th, headed next, lost place before next, hit 11th, rallied last, went 3rd flat, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Matmata de Tendron (FR) 25-1 (10-11) Led to after 1st, chased leader, reminder 3rd, lost place after 6th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Waywood Princess (9-13) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 15 ran.
Sammy Spiderman 16-1 (10-5) In rear, not fluent and reminders 4th, never on terms, not fluent and well beaten 4 out, 7th of 8, 31l behind Mansonien L'as (10-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Jan.
Samson Collonges (FR) 5-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, fell 9th, in a race won by Shadow Boxer (10-3) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 10 ran.