Top Billing was beaten a distance at Kelso after winning at Carlisle but has the beating of Another Mattie on the form book. Kalaharry beat Misfits at Hexham last month, though seems to reserve his best for that track. Silk Or Scarlet has gone close a couple of times and Petite Ganache had placed over this trip before winning over 2m6f here last time. Madam Cloud could be interesting making her handicap debut from near the foot of the weights but this could be a good opportunity for Tim Vaughan’s CHAMPAGNE CHASER, who would have found the going much too quick on his reappearance and is well treated on last season’s form. Speedy Cargo may need to drop a few pounds before getting off the mark but still has time on his side.
Speedy Cargo (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Led to 5th, pressed leader, hit 3 out, soon driven and lost place, ridden to chase front pair after next, well held in modest 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 9, 19 1/2l behind Arthur Mac (11-7) at Catterick 2m 3f mdn (4) gs in Dec.
J'Ai Froid (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Towards rear, often pushed along, headway before 3 out, jumped right last, one pace, 4th of 11, 19 1/2l behind Ardlethen (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Top Billing 10-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, lost place 4 out, behind from next, 7th of 8, dist behind Dimple (11-7) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Dec.
Donnas Dream (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in touch, chased leaders after 3 out, ridden before next, stayed on to take narrow 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Skipping On (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) sft in Dec.
Champagne Chaser 12-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 12, dist behind Norse Legend (11-7) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Misfits (IRE) 6-4fav (12-0) Held up behind, headway after 3 out, led before next, ridden and headed before last, well held in 3rd flat, 3rd of 9, 9 1/4l behind Dontdelay (10-10) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (5) hvy in Dec.
Loch Linnhe 40-1 (11-6) Led, headed 8th, led again 3 out, ridden and headed next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 14 1/2l behind Weakfield (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Jan.
Kalaharry (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, hit 7th, effort 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 8, 13 1/2l behind Tomkevi (11-8) at Haydock 2m 7f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Sunny Destination (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, disputed lead after 6th, driven to lead after 4 out, ridden and hard pressed next, headed between last 2, no impression in 3rd flat, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Road To Gold (11-10) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Skyhill (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, pushed along before 2 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 5th of 6, dist behind Manamite (11-0) at Hexham 2m mdn (5) hvy in Dec.
Another Mattie (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, dist behind Top Billing (10-0) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp (2) hvy in Dec.
Silk Or Scarlet (IRE) 7-1 (11-13) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, hampered before 2 out, kept on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Magic Of Milan (10-5) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp (5) gs in Jan.
Madam Cloud (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leader from 2nd, led next, not fluent and headed 5th, not fluent next, outpaced after 8th, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 6, dist behind Mega Yeats (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) sft in Dec.
Petite Ganache (IRE) 11-4fav (11-5) Chased leaders, led 2 out, stayed on well, readily, won at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp (5) gs in Jan beating Call The Cops (11-12) by 3 1/4l, 10 ran.
Overtheedge (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd from 6th, not fluent 12th, mistake 16th, 4th and weakening when pulled up after 4 out, at Sedgefield 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Jan.