Balding Banker was just beaten at Hexham earlier this month but made no show at Kelso next time. Timesawastin had Jukebox Melody behind when scoring over hurdles at Haydock in March last year and showed plenty of promise on his chasing bow at Southwell in May. He can overcome an absence to take the honours here though it would be no surprise to see Knight Pass, lightly-raced in recent years, go well on his chasing debut while King Of The Wolds is another likely to do well over the larger obstacles. See What Happens was placed a couple of times last season and is preferred to winning hurdlers Herdsman and Porgy of the others.
Knight Pass (IRE) 10-3fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, ridden before last, soon weakened, 6th of 16, 13l behind Doctor Foxtrot (10-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb.
Balding Banker (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, mistake 4th, headway before 11th, weakened after 2 out, left poor 3rd last, 4th of 10, 30l behind Green Flag (11-4) at Kelso 2m 7f nov chs (4) gs.
Timesawastin (IRE) 15-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, led 5th, headed before 11th, challenged 3 out, every chance 2 out, a close 3rd when not fluent last, kept on and just held for 2nd close home, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Nagpur (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f beg chase (4) gd in May.
King Of The Wolds (IRE) 9-4 (11-6) Led, pushed along before 3 out, headed 2 out, 3rd and one pace last, weakened flat, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Ballybogey (11-6) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Apr.
See What Happens (IRE) 15-8fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, in 4th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Storming Gale (11-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Mar, 6 ran.
Herdsman (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, not fluent 8th, dropped to last next, soon behind, tailed off before 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Seymour Eric (11-9) at Ayr 3m nov hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Apr, 5 ran.
Porgy 9-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, soon ridden, one pace from next, 5th of 11, 13l behind Vulcanite (11-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct '12.
Deise Dynamo (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) In touch, lost place before 6th, last 8th, soon behind, well tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Green Wizard (11-4) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Jukebox Melody (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 4th until ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 9, 34l behind Kayaan (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.