BLUESIDE BOY a winning point-to-pointer, is having his first start over regulation fences and should be suited so is handed the vote. Farm Pixie started favourite at Kelso on the back of a good run at Sedgefield but failed to fire and plugged on at one pace. Basford Ben won a similar race over this trip at Wetherby, when Whiskey Ridge pulled up, and though running quite well there a couple of weeks ago he requires quicker ground than this. Winning point-to-pointer Uppercut De L'Orne hasn't done much over hurdles but should be better suited to jumping fences.
Uppercut De L'orne (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 7th of 10, 33l behind Garrahalish (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec.
Blueside Boy (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, challenged after 3rd, every chance approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace before last, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Masterleaderman (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Rojo Vivo 33-1 (11-6) Close up, led before 9th, headed 13th, weakened before 4 out, 8th of 9, well behind Markadam (11-3) at Carlisle 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb '13.
Farm Pixie (IRE) 9-4fav (10-2) Held up in touch, not fluent 7th or 12th, ridden after 4 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Or de Grugy (11-6) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.
Basford Ben 9-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged 5 out, led next, headed 3 out, ridden and one pace 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 11l behind Arc Warrior (10-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Whiskey Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent, reminders 6th, tailed off from 4 out, 5th of 11, 41l behind Clondaw Flicka (11-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Cottiers Den (IRE) 15-2 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along and reminders before 6th, soon struggling, pulled up, in a race won by Oil Burner (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Fozy Moss 22-1 (10-0) Towards rear, reminders before 10th, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Oil Burner (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.