Authentic Act has won four races over jumps - all on this track including twice over fences earlier this summer. He ran poorly on his comeback behind Well Oiled a fortnight ago but can do much better than that. Strathaird finished runner-up in that latter event with Royal Mile and Melange further behind and, as that was only his second outing following a three-year lay-off, he must be a threat despite being out of the handicap. Frith ran a shocker in soft ground at Hexham last time after scoring there in quicker conditions previously. TIPSY INDIAN was having only his second start over fences last time when caught on the line by Panthers Run at Hexham. He's on the same mark here and Shane Byrne's claim can help him go one better.
Otto Quercus (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, jumped left and mistake 8th, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 24l behind Storm Surge (10-1) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Ice Image (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, weakened before 2 out, 9th of 11, well behind Sydney Cove (11-0) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Authentic Act (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, led again 9th, headed before 3 out, weakened after next, 4th of 6, 27l behind Well Oiled (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Braddock Island 12-1 (10-11) Held up, went 3rd approaching 4th, hit 5th, mistake next, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Digital Media (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Lerida 12-1 (11-4) Led from 2nd, headed 4th, lost place before 6th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Panthers Run (9-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft, 11 ran.
Tipsy Indian 4-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 4th, ridden before last, headed last 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 11, hd behind Panthers Run (9-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Melange (USA) 9-1 (11-0) Towards rear, blundered 1st, weakened from 10th, 5th of 6, 30l behind Well Oiled (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Royal Mile (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Led from 2nd , took keen hold, headed 9th, led again before 3 out, ridden and headed before last, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, 18l behind Well Oiled (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Frith (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) Held up towards rear, quickly weakened before 2 out, 9th of 11, well behind Panthers Run (9-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Norminster 22-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, blundered 3 out, quickly lost pace, 7th of 11, 38l behind Panthers Run (9-9) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
Strathaird (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Held up in touch, headway before 2 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Well Oiled (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.