Next Hight finished a lot close at Sedgefield last week and should be in the mix once again. But RUBY BAY went close at Southwell on his first start since last year and makes more appeal representing Sue Smith's in-form yard. Top Billing disappointed in testing ground when sent off favourite at Carlisle but has claims on his earlier second at Kelso, while Blue Sea Of Ibrox finished well ahead of Jan Smuts when fourth at the same track before a poor effort at Towcester.
Northern Acres 9-2 (11-7) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, one pace and no impression, 6th of 11, 16l behind Maggie Blue (10-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) In rear, hampered after 4th, reminders after 5th, plugged on before last, 4th of 11, 15l behind Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Oscar Lateen (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 8th, every chance 2 out, one pace and lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 7, 7l behind Dickie Henderhoop (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Top Billing 5-2fav (10-11) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, last of 7, 49l behind Dickie Henderhoop (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Acordingtoscript (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) In rear, blundered 5th, not fluent next, soon tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Badger Foot (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Nov, 8 ran.
Ruby Bay (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Held up in touch, ridden 2 out, stayed on flat, went 2nd close home, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Homer Run (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Shady Sadie (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, no extra before last, 5th of 12, 20l behind Unex Canaletto (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.
Next Hight (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway 4th, went 3rd before 2 out, soon ridden, kept on to chase winner last 100 yards, no impression, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Light The City (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Cara Court (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Led after 1st until 8th, weakened 4 out, 4th of 8, 30l behind Mr Bachster (10-10) at Leicester 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-95) (5) gf in Nov.
Willie Hall 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway and in touch 7th, left 3rd 2 out, weakened and lost moderate 3rd before last, 4th of 17, 33l behind Amethyst Rose (10-0) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov.
Durham Express (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, soon prominent, lost place 4th, behind after next, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Mijhaar (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Ancient Times (USA) 6-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden before 4th, soon lost place, well held from before 3 out, went 4th flat, 4th of 7, 17l behind Amir Pasha (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Dunkirk's First (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Behind, mistake 5th, struggling 4 out, weakened next, 9th of 10, well behind Full Shift (11-0) at Newcastle 2m (5) gd in Nov.
Hotgrove Boy 6-1 (10-11) Behind, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, never on terms, 5th of 10, 19l behind Tartan Tiger (11-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar '12.
Politelysed 10-1 (10-4) Held up behind, effort 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, well behind Trojan Sun (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Apr '12.
Doyenthedecenthing 16-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway and in touch on outside 7th, close up in 3rd when mistake and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Amethyst Rose (10-0) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 17 ran.
Blue Sea Of Ibrox (IRE) 15-2 (9-9) Tracked leaders, driven after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression last, 6th of 12, 18l behind Monderon (11-3) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.
Jan Smuts (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, weakened after 5th, 8th of 10, well behind Civil Unrest (10-9) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov.