Torta Nel Cielo and What A Dream fought out the finish of novice hurdle at Kelso last time with the former just prevailing. Both can figure on their handicap debuts but preference goes to BALLYMACDUFF. He won over 3m1f at Perth last April and returned to action with a good third over a shorter trip at Kelso recently. He is taken to reverse the form with runner-up Charlie Bucket back over this longer distance and gets the nod. Devotion To Duty is running into form and makes most appeal of Lucinda Russell's trio.
Wild Cane Ridge (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Led to 2 out, soon ridden, 4th and beaten when hit last, weakened flat, 6th of 11, 41l behind Captain Americo (11-4) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Prideus (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Led, blundered 1st, soon headed, mistake 5th, jumped slow 6th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Alfie Flits (11-0) at Kelso 2m 1f beg chs (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Devotion To Duty (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up behind, headway on inside and in touch 4th, chased leading pair 4 out, ridden after next, effort and every chance on inside when mistake next, kept on same pace, no impression flat, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Eighteen Carat (11-6) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.
Quws Law (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) With leaders on outside, dropped to mid-division 6th, lost place 8th, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Mister Marker (10-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar, 15 ran.
Double Default (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Mid-division, towards rear when fell 6th, in a race won by Sonara (10-0) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec, 15 ran.
Arctic Court (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Held up behind, mistake 7th, outpaced 4 out, no chance when jumped left last, 7th of 10, 38l behind Eighteen Carat (11-6) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.
Torta Nel Cielo 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 7th, ridden run-in led final 100 yards, driven out, won at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating What A Dream (10-12) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
What A Dream 6-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division and keen, headway before 3 out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Torta Nel Cielo (10-9) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Ballymacduff (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Held up towards rear, chased leaders on outer 3rd, blundered 4th, pushed along after 3 out, led 2 out, headed run-in, no extra, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Stopped Out (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
The Portonion (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) In rear, jumped slowly 1st, headway on inside approaching and hit 3 out, switched right approaching last, soon no extra, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Lively Baron (10-12) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Charlie Bucket 20-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear and keen, headway approaching 3 out, ridden and every chance after last, kept on same pace towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Stopped Out (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Delightfully (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Towards rear, ridden 4th, headway approaching last, never nearer, 6th of 14, 14l behind Fair Spin (10-4) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Goffa Crag 16-1 (10-9) Prominent, not fluent 4th, weakened 2 out, 8th of 16, 24l behind Torta Nel Cielo (10-9) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
More Equity 14-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, pushed along approaching 12th, outpaced from next, 8th of 14, 33l behind Star Beat (10-11) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Dec.
Oil Burner 18-1 (11-5) Took keen hold in touch, ridden well before last, soon beaten, 7th of 14, 22l behind Fair Spin (10-4) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Thatlldoforme 8-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division on inner, fell 7th, in a race won by Stopped Out (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Proficiency 8-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, lost place 5th, soon pulled up, in a race won by De Bansha Man (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Sep, 8 ran.
What A Steel (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division on inside, mistake 5th, chased leaders under pressure after 4 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 4th of 10, 13l behind Eighteen Carat (11-6) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Nov.