Nothing leaps off the page in a modest handicap but Northern Acres won here twice last season and drops down a grade. The mare Delightfully is capable of going close if in the mood but Kayfrou hasn't shown much this season and is still 12lb higher than for his one and only victory so far. Flying Doctor was pulled up at Hexham last week and struggles to get his head in front nowadays while Shooting Times has been struggling over fences. HERON'S MILL has hinted at ability in a couple of previous runs at Gosforth Park and could be a bit better than he's shown so far. A 7lb claimer reduces his burden so he gets a tentative vote.
Heron's Mill (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Towards rear, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 10, 23l behind Cyrien Star (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Flying Doctor 15-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened from 3 out, tailed off and soon pulled up, in a race won by Charlie Bucket (10-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft, 10 ran.
Northern Acres 16-1 (10-13) In rear, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 9, 33l behind Finding Your Feet (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Delightfully (FR) 8-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on before last, never on terms, 5th of 10, 9l behind Hartforth (10-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Heez A Steel (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Prominent when fell 7th, in a race won by Almond Court (9-12) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in Jun, 12 ran.
Shooting Times 8-1 (11-6) In rear, struggling from 6th, soon tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Chicago Outfit (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Cumbrian Farmer 100-1 (10-5) Took keen hold tracking leaders, under pressure 4 out, soon lost place, 6th of 7, 46l behind Drop Out Joe (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Maggie Blue (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 8th of 10, 25l behind Honourable Gent (10-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.
Kayfrou 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leading pair, left in close 2nd 5th, hit 9th and dropped to 3rd, pushed along and outpaced after 4 out, mistakes final 3, 3rd of 4, 18l behind Cinevator (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f beg chs (4) gf in Aug.
Crushed Ice 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 5 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 43l behind Tick Tocker (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Mr Mistopheles (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, in rear from 4th, never a factor, 10th of 14, 38l behind Dynamic Drive (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
St Gregory (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, lost place after 4th, ridden next, well beaten after 3 out, last of 10, 36l behind Hartforth (10-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Western Bound (IRE) 22-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, outpaced 5 out, headway before 2 out, went 3rd from last, one pace, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Chicago Outfit (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct.