Lascar de Ferbet and Ideal du Bois Beury have solid place claims on recent form but the John Wemes-trained Ornella Speed won with any amount in hand on her return at Hexham last week and is fancied to follow up under a 7lb penalty. Goodbadindiferent has claims on the form shown when winning at Perth in June but has failed to sparkle since then and may need some help from the handicapper. Clouding Over made an encouraging return behind the in-from Parisienne Gale at Kelso earlier this month and has to be respected on that evidence, while Word Gets Around gave little sign for optimism on his reappearance at Kelso last month and may be best watched at present. Lascar de Ferbet has run well off today's mark in his last two starts and has to be respected but has yet to prove his effectiveness over today's trip, while Ideal du Bois Beury ran one of his better races at Hexham recently but is on a long losing sequence and may not be one to trust implicitly. Ornella Speed could hardly have been more impressive last time though and is taken to follow up on today's faster ground.
Clouding Over 9-4 (11-2) Held up, in rear, headway 7th, went 2nd between last 2 until no extra flat, 4th of 7, 15l behind Parisienne Gale (11-9) at Kelso 2m 1f mrs nov chs (E) gs.
Word Gets Around (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up, in rear, headway 7th and in touch, ridden 4 out, weakened next, behind when pulled up 2 out in race won by Tobesure (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (F) gs in Oct, 14 ran.
Lanaken (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, moderate 8th 4 out, 7th next, soon no impression under pressure, 7th of 16, 47l behind That's An Idea (11-9) at Limerick 2m 4f beg chs hvy.
Lascar de Ferbet (FR) 9-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, effort between last 2, one pace flat, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Loy's Lad (11-12) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (F) gf in Sept.
Goodbadindiferent (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 9th, headed last, no extra flat, 5th of 10, 7l behind Snowy (11-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-100 (E) gf in Oct.
Ornella Speed (FR) 16-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, headway after 2 out, quickened to lead after last, ran on strongly', won at Hexham 2m 4f mrs hcp chs (E) gs beating Uneven Line (9-12) by 10l, 7 ran.
El Andaluz (FR) 66-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, took keen hold, saddle slipped pulled up at the 2nd in race won by Julius Caesar (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 6f beg chs (E) gs, 9 ran.
Ideal du Bois Beury (FR) 9-2 (10-6) Towards rear, pushed along and outpaced 4 out, rallied approaching last, stayed on strongly flat, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Corrib Lad (11-12) at Hexham 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (F) sft.
Lion Guest (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Led to 2nd, tracked winner after until no extra run in, 4th of 9, 7l behind Corrib Lad (11-12) at Hexham 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (F) sft.
Grand Slam (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Held up, headway 5 out, ridden and effort 3 out, went 2nd briefly approaching 2 out, no extra approaching last, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Midlem Melody (10-13) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (E) gs in Apr '04.