Momkinzain went close over track and trip last time but has done all his winning on a faster surface so far and recent Kelso winner Turtle Watch also has something to prove in soft ground. It was good going when Unex Canaletto also won at Kelso back in May so a chance is taken on the less-exposed BERNARDELLI. He showed his first worthwhile form when runner-up on his recent return to action and Tony McCoy's presence suggests he can get the meeting off to a good start on what looks a strong book of rides for the champion jockey.
Bernardelli (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, chased winner before last, no impression, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Plan Again (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Unex Canaletto 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, went left last, ridden out, won at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May beating Academy (10-12) by 4l, 12 ran.
Snowed In (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, blundered 6th, pecked badly 8th, tailed off before 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Hollow Blue Sky (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct, 14 ran.
Yorkist (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before
Circus Star (USA) 8-1 (10-10) Led, blundered 1st, headed approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 12, 17l behind Lightening Rod (11-9) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Momkinzain (USA) 5-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway halfway, led approaching 2 out, headed and no extra final 75 yards, 2nd of 9, nk behind Tweedo Paradiso (10-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Turtle Watch 12-1 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, led after last, kept on well, won at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct beating Captain Brown (11-11) by 4l, 12 ran.
Brieryhill Boy 25-1 (10-7) Led until before 3rd, ridden and headed before last, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 23l behind Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Frontier Vic 5-4fav (10-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, driven after 3 out, no impression from next, 5th of 11, 11l behind Scales (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Bollin Julie 40-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, effort after 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 12, 42l behind Turtle Watch (10-3) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Wintered Well (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up in 4th, no chance before 5th, 6th of 8, 36l behind Cool Macavity (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.