HUNTERS BELT is a winner without a penalty having won a conditionals race under today's rider at Kelso last week. He can make the most of his advantage and go in again. Pair Of Jacks made the frame last time but was still well beaten, as was Safari Journey when he finished runner-up over 2m4f here last month. Utopian is lightly-raced and could prove a bigger threat having shown some promise at Newcastle behind Master Red, who has subsequently won again. Muwalla has won over fences here and Grand Vintage was placed in testing ground over these hurdles earlier this year.
Safari Journey (USA) 16-1 (11-0) In rear, headway 9th, ridden and weakened before 4 out, 5th of 6, 19l behind Indian Voyage (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Mar.
Pair Of Jacks (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Led to 4 out, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 17, 17l behind Oliver's Hill (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, outpaced 4 out, headway before 2 out, led 2 out, kept on well, eased towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft beating Trust Thomas (11-2) by 5l, 10 ran.
Utopian 5-1 (10-10) With leader, led 4 out, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, bumped soon after last, weakened run-in, 4th of 10, 6l behind Master Red (11-1) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Andreo Bambaleo 7-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden and weakened 3 out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Kilflora (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Muwalla 13-2 (11-12) Tracked leader, disputed lead 11th, lost place before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 6, 44l behind My Idea (10-11) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Grand Vintage (IRE) 17-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, joined leader 5 out, effort after 3 out, weakening when blundered next, 7th of 9, 27l behind Summerlea (11-11) at Catterick 2m 3f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.