Nick Alexander and daughter Lucy won this last year and nobody could begrudge ANOTHER MATTIE a first success. He was just beaten over a shorter trip at this meeting last year and is well worth another try over this longer distance having twice finished second over 2m2f at Kelso this season. Trickaway has won a point-to-point and a bumper and is an interesting recruit to hurdling but Silver Gent has been a little disappointing so far over timber and winning pointer Tambour Major makes his debut under Rules. Cobajayisland has his first run since a third over 3m here in September.
Another Mattie (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) In rear, headway after 5th to go 3rd, mistake 4 out, pushed along before 3 out, lost 3rd place briefly 2 out, kept on to take 2nd place close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Katachenko (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Badged 100-1 (10-5) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, never near leaders, 8th of 14, 47l behind Forthefunofit (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Benefit In Kind (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Pr early, wknd aftr 1/2 way, bhnd & pu 3out, in a race won by Capote (12-2) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Cobajayisland (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) In rear, headway to go 3rd before 2 out, one pace and no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 5, 26l behind Kilbree Kid (11-12) at Perth 3m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Dr Paddy (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, pushed along after next, well beaten after 3 out, pulled up flat, in a race won by Ballyben (10-7) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Firth Of Bavard 100-1 (11-3) In rear, pushed along after 4th, tailed off before 5 out, pulled up, in a race won by I Need Gold (11-10) at Ayr 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 5 ran.
Mo Rouge (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) In touch, weakened 8th, soon behind, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Clondaw Hero (11-0) at Musselburgh 3m mdn hdl (4) gd in Nov, 6 ran.
Silver Gent (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Led, not fluent 6th, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 12, 27l behind Shubaat (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks (5) gs in Mar.
Tambour Major (FR) 4-5 (12-0) Hdwy 11; stayed on to ld nr fin, won at Bedale 3m ptp gd beating Mistissio (12-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Trickaway (IRE) 9-2 (11-8) Led until ridden well over 2f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, hung left and no extra in 4th over 1f out, 4th of 11, 8l behind Simon Squirrel (10-12) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) gs.
Wicked Spice (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 9th of 14, 26l behind Ustica (10-10) at Newcastle 2m mdn nhf (6) sft in Mar.