Mad Money made all when completing a double over fences and started a short-priced favourite when attempting to take advantage of a lower handicap mark over hurdles at Hexham but was soon done with when headed and pulled up. That most certainly wasn't his form and he can bounce back though he's likely to be taken on again for the lead by Shantou Tiger and may not have the pace to stay with him. Donald McCain's charge hadn't been running well before making all for a comprehensive victory at Bangor and will take some catching in that kind of form. However, the front-runners could set up the race for REV UP RUBY (NAP). The winner of a similar class handicap at Cartmel last summer, she only returned to action last month and ran well for a long way in a better race than this at Hexham. Touch Of Steel, who won over the course and distance a year ago from just 1lb higher, has been running poorly.
Shantou Tiger (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Made all, ridden and clear before 2 out, kept on well, won at Bangor 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Court King (11-12) by 15l, 11 ran.
Rev Up Ruby 14-1 (11-2) In rear, headway halfway on outer, chased leaders before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 6th of 9, 26 1/4l behind Beneficial Joe (11-7) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Andhaar 16-1 (11-12) Held up behind, hampered 7th, struggling 4 out, never near leaders, 8th of 13, 30 1/2l behind St Gregory (11-3) at Ayr 3m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Stay In My Heart (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Reluctant to race soon ridden along and detached, pulled up after 2nd, at Perth 3m hcp (4) sft in Jul.
Touch Of Steel (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Behind, blundered 1st, hampered 2nd, detached from 8th, 6th of 10, dist behind Quick Brew (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Destiny Awaits (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, no extra before last, 7th of 11, 11 1/2l behind Green Zone (11-3) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Mad Money (IRE) 11-10fav (11-3) Led 1st, headed after 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up before last, at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (5) gs in Sep.
Solway Prince 14-1 (10-2) Midfield when blundered and unseated rider 1st, at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Apr.