Special Portrait won this last year and hinted at a revival when runner-up over a similar trip at Sedgefield earlier this month in a race in which Supreme Builder was pulled up. Sotovik has the past form to figure but was beaten 20 lengths in his last appearance between flags. Tommysteel fared better at Morpeth but not as well as Accordingtotheboss. He beat a decent sort in My Moment and will be a factor if staying the extra. TWELVE PACES is an out-and-out stayer and, though racing under Rules for the first time in two years, can go very close today at big odds. Noir Et Vert has a bit to find with Special Portrait on the form book but looks best of the rest.
Sotovik (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Led til hdd 7; ev ch 3 out; sn outpcd, 2nd of 7, 20l behind Temple Green (10-7) at Cumberland Farmers 3m ptp gd.
Special Portrait (IRE) 5-2 (12-1) Tracked leaders in 4th, with leader before 15th, ridden before 3 out, kept on and no impression before last, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Palos Conti (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hts chs (6) gs.
Tommysteel (IRE) 2-1 (12-5) Hdwy 13; chsd wnr by-passing 3 out; kpt on, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Buckstruther (12-5) at Morpeth 3m ptp gd.
Accordingtotheboss (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Ap; led app last; rdn out, won at Cumberland Farmers 3m ptp gd beating My Moment (12-7) by 1l, 7 ran.
Go West (IRE) 5-2 (12-3) (v) led to 2; one pce 2 out, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Putitawayforayear (12-5) at Morpeth 3m ptp gd.
Noir Et Vert (FR) 7-4 (12-5) Led til hdd app 2 out; lft in ld last; stayed on wl, won at Berwickshire 3m ptp sft in Mar beating See You There (12-5) by 1l, 3 ran.
Supreme Builder 14-1 (11-9) Led, headed briefly 5th, headed 8th, led again 11th, headed 7 out, weakened next, tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Palos Conti (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hts chs (6) gs, 7 ran.
Twelve Paces 4-1 (12-0) Hdwy 14; ro up flat; just failed, 2nd of 9, hd behind Putitawayforayear (12-5) at Morpeth 3m ptp gd.
Waterski 5-1 (11-0) Led til hdd app 2 out; sn outpcd, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Cast Iron Casey (11-0) at Berwickshire 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Who'slaughingnow (IRE) 3-1 (12-5) Led til hdd aft 3 out; one pce, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Tomzatackman (12-5) at Berwickshire 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Border Flora 6-1 (11-7) Held up; hdwy aft 15; hrd rdn to ld cl home, won at Cumberland Farmers 3m ptp gd beating Darnborough (12-0) by hd, 9 ran.