A couple of these raced on the same card at Hexham in March when Paper Roses finished runner-up off today’s mark in a handicap and Toi Storey won a maiden hurdle. The latter has undergone wind surgery since and both could figure but HIGHWAY COMPANION has the advantage of recent outings. Keith Dalgeish’s charge finished clear of the rest when fourth over 2m here last month and this longer trip should bring further improvement. Put The Law On You is fit from racing on the Flat but heavy ground looks a problem while Spirit Of Kayf drops in class for his return and Bally Conor makes his handicap debut.
Spirit Of Kayf 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 4 out, close up next, outpaced before 2 out, no impression with leaders between last 2, 4th of 7, 17l behind Count Simon (11-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (3) gs in Apr.
Bally Conor (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) Behind, headway 2 out, stayed on well closing stages, never nearer, 5th of 11, 22l behind Nelson Road (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 5f (4) gs in Apr.
Toi Storey (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Mid-division, closer chasing leaders 6th, 2nd between last 2, led before last, driven out, won at Hexham 2m 4f mdn (5) hvy in Mar beating Pieceoftheaction (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Highway Companion (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Behind, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, never able to challenge, 4th of 13, 5 1/2l behind Do Not Disturb (11-0) at Kelso 2m mdn (4) gs in Oct.
Paper Roses (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Chased leading pair, pushed along and outpaced between last 2, rallied run-in, to go 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Llantara (12-0) at Hexham 2m hcp (4) hvy in Mar.
Quids In (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Held up, reminders after 6th, pushed along and short-lived effort after 7th, 4th of 7, dist behind Iron Horse (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in May.
Hitman Fred (IRE) 22-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 11th of 13, dist behind Paint The Dream (11-12) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Mahler Supreme (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Behind, mistake 5th, weakened next, soon completely tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Put The Law On You (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Raced wide in touch, pushed along halfway, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 32 3/4l behind Cornerstone Lad (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp (5) hvy in Oct.