Chris Grant's MISTER PETE has shown improved form of late, winning his last two starts both over course and distance, and he can defy a 10lb rise for the latest of those successes and complete a hat-trick with the main dangers rated as Thatlldoforme and Basford Lass. Jennie Candlish's mare ran much better earlier this month when chasing home Cat Six in a competitive contest at Catterick and she has to be respected racing off just a 4lb higher mark today. James Moffatt's Mudawin disappointed on his return to hurdles at Kelso recently having won on the flat at York on his previous start and now looks best watched, while Ballymacduff is lightly raced but needs to improve on all known form. Kempski is readily discounted after recent performances and of more interest may be Thatlldoforme, who showed signs of a return to form at Kelso last time. None of these are in better form than Mister Pete though and Chris Grant's gelding can win again.
Kempski 100-1 (11-2) With winner, lost place after 4th, tailed off approaching 6th, 3rd of 4, well behind Quwetwo (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Mudawin (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Held up on outside, always behind, 7th of 11, 48l behind Bygones Of Brid (11-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) sft.
Ballymacduff (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Held up, fell 6th, in a race won by Berwick Law (11-9) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Patavium (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division on outside, headway and effort 3 out, outpaced next, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 21l behind Turtle Spirit (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Mister Pete (IRE) 5-2 (11-3) Made all, drew clear from last, won at Newcastle 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Ardesia (10-7) by 7l, 11 ran.
Low Delta (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Held up in rear on wide outside, always behind, 11th of 16, well behind Mister Pete (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy in Feb.
Thatlldoforme 3-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, headed when hit last, soon ridden and beaten, 4th of 10, 11l behind Turtle Spirit (10-11) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Basford Lass 9-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, close up 3 out, soon ridden, one pace from next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Cat Six (9-11) at Catterick 2m mrs nov hcp hdl (0-95) (5) gs.
Lady Sambury 25-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, hit 3 out, weakened 2 out, 7th of 16, 46l behind Mister Pete (10-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy in Feb.
Daltaban (FR) 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5th, soon struggling, tailed off, 16th of 17, well behind Mardood (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Top Brass (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 39l behind Moyne Pleasure (9-9) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Karathaena (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Prominent, weakened approaching 6th, 10th of 17, 27l behind Mardood (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.