Hartforth has only been raised 4lb for winning at Hexham when Amore Mio was fourth, but this is a better race. DAASIJ starts the season on a high enough mark but goes well fresh and Nick Alexander's charge should give supporters a run for their money. He's preferred to The Flaming Matron, who didn't beat much at Cartmel in May, while Auberge seems to reserve his best for Hexham and looks to be in the handicapper's grip at present.
Aggie's lad (IRE) 11-4 (12-7) Prog gng wl 11; rn out nxt, in a race won by Buckstruther (12-7) at Dalston 3m ptp gd in Apr '12, 8 ran.
Daasij (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Held up in touch, mistake 5th, driven before 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, never near leaders, 4th of 9, 27l behind Kris Cross (11-3) at Perth 3m 3f con hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Apr.
Plus Jamais (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on outside, outpaced after 3 out, no impression after, 5th of 12, 13l behind Ivan Boru (11-0) at Kelso 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
The Flaming Matron (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leader, challenged 6th, led before 2 out, ridden after last, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in May beating Polly Hopper (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Auberge (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden and one pace before 2 out, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Moufatango (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Amore Mio (GER) 3-1 (11-10) Mostly tracked leader until 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 10, 4l behind Hartforth (10-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Solway Sam 22-1 (10-1) Tracked leader until after 9th, one pace and no impression from 3 out, 5th of 12, 12l behind Emily's Flyer (11-0) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Sep.
Lady Of Verona (IRE) 7-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 5th, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 27l behind Frontier Vic (10-0) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Sep.
Hartforth 10-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, headway after 4th, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, ran on well, won at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct beating Silver Dragon (10-11) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Almutaham (USA) 5-1 (11-0) Ridden to lead, not fluent 6th, headed after 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 8, 10l behind I'll Be Frank (11-1) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.