Well Mett made a promising point-to-point debut last month and should have the stamina for this, though his lack of experience is a concern against seasoned campaigners. Moscow Menace wasn't beaten far at Carlisle last month and is consistent but he'd earlier proved no match for PENA DORADA at Kelso. Alan Brown's seven-year-old jumped well and stayed on strongly that day and there is no reason to believe either the runner-up, fourth Backstruther or sixth Back On The Road should turn the form around here. Dour stayer Captain Americo may be the pick of the remainder.
Back On The Road (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Held up, not fluent 1st or 6th, closed 10th, lost place 12th, headway 3 out, no impression after next, one pace, 4th of 9, 22l behind Current Exchange (12-3) at Hexham 3m 1f hts chs (6) gs.
Buckstruther (IRE) 6-4 (12-7) Ap; led 10; qcknd clr aft 2 out; held on wl flat, won at Cumberland Farmers 3m ptp gs beating Cave Hunter (12-0) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Moscow Menace (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Chased leaders in 3rd, led 4 out, headed before 3 out, every chance and switched right before last, kept on and no extra towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Viking Rebel (11-5) at Carlisle 3m hts chs (6) gs in Mar.
Pena Dorada (IRE) 11-10 (11-0) Made virt all; stayed on wl, won at Berwickshire 3m ptp gs in Mar beating Bitter Blue (11-0) by 7l, 7 ran.
Captain Americo (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) (bl) led til hdd app 3 out; one pce flat, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Scarlet Fire (12-7) at Cumberland Farmers 3m ptp gs.
Raifteiri (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway 5 out, soon pushed along and weakened, 6th of 10, 45l behind Present Potential (11-9) at Kelso 3m 2f hts chs (5) sft.
Scrum V 9-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, hit 15th, chased winner before 2 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Rosie Du Berlais (10-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hts chs (6) gs in Mar.
Well Mett (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) (tt) w ldrs til outpcd 3 out, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Shoreacres (11-7) at Hampshire 3m ptp gd in Mar.