The veteran Boris The Blade notched up a quick double last month when winning over hurdles here before landing a chase at Hexham off the same mark. But he's been raised 9lb for this and HEEZ A STEEL can reverse earlier running. The latter beat the re-opposing Debt To Society by a distance over track and trip last time and a 7lb rise may not be enough to anchor him in this lower grade contest. Solway Dornal is 8lb higher than last month's win over 2m4f here though he's scored over hurdles since then and is preferred to Twice Lucky.
Heez A Steel (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) With leader, pushed along before 8 out, led before 3 out, clear before 2 out, kept on well, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar beating Debt To Society (11-4) by 25l, 5 ran.
Boris The Blade 6-5fav (9-13) Led to 7th, remained close up, led 10th, pressed 2 out, headed before last, soon regained lead, kept on gamely, won at Hexham 4m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Mar beating Mansonien L'as (11-1) by 7l, 7 ran.
Beau Dandy (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Close up, in rear after 9th, soon tailed off, pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Frank The Slink (11-1) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft, 5 ran.
Debt To Society (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Held up in touch in 4th, went 2nd from 8th until 4 out, chased winner before 3 out, ridden and no chance with winner before last, 2nd of 5, 25l behind Heez A Steel (11-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Twice Lucky 7-4fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 3rd, jumped left 8th, headed 10th, mistake 12th, weakened before 4 out, 4th of 8, 24l behind Oh Right (10-3) at Musselburgh 3m cond hcp chs (5) gs in Jan.
Tears From Heaven (USA) 5-2 (10-6) In rear, reminder 11th, pushed along before 13th, soon struggling, tailed off 14th, pulled up, in a race won by Heez A Steel (11-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gd in Mar, 5 ran.
Over And Above (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, pecked and lost place 3rd, not fluent 11th, ridden 4 out, went 3rd and stayed on from last, no impression, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Phoenix Des Mottes (9-10) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Solway Dornal 11-8fav (9-13) Led or disputed lead, ridden before 3 out, headed before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Vodka Red (10-11) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
The Shrimp (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, bumped 4th, jumped left and bumped next, outpaced 11th, behind 13th, left remote 4th when clambered over last, 4th of 6, well behind Emma Soda (10-9) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Soul Angel 13-2 (10-1) Led to before 4th, tracked leaders, weakened before last, 4th of 10, 30l behind Samson Collonges (9-13) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.