THE RUSTLIN RHINO is chanced in a weak race. Donald McCain's gelding shapes like this trip will suit and this half-brother to Grand National hero Silver Birch is fancied to run well off this lifetime-high mark of 87. Samizdat is well-handicapped, a comment that probably also applies to Dee Cee Bolter and Make It Blossom. Stormion is unexposed and is not one to rule out just yet, and along with Solway Blue (likely to be fitter after a Kelso reappearance) and Native Coll (course winner who is of interest back over hurdles off a mark of 70), is certainly respected.
Dee Cee Bolter (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place 6th, pushed along 9th, ridden 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 24l behind Whatdoidowiththat (10-12) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs.
Samizdat (FR) 14-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, led 4th, headed approaching 3 out, ridden next, weakened approaching last, 5th of 12, 17l behind No Supper (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
The Rustlin Rhino 3-1fav (11-2) Held up mid-division, went poor 4th after 3 out, never dangerous, 4th of 11, 34l behind Mulligan's Pride (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Bardolet (IRE) 13-2fav (10-11) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 15, 26l behind Baltic Pathfinder (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Flaming Breeze (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, mistake 1st, tracked leaders, soon steadied, hampered after 8th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Wor Rom (10-11) at Southwell 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr, 13 ran.
Soldiers Tree (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders and keen, pushed along 7th, soon lost place, tailed off before 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Mulligan's Pride (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Stormion (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, reminders and lost place from 5th, 6th of 11, 41l behind Bow Badger (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Make It Blossom (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, ridden after 3 out, went 3rd at last, no impression, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Desert Soul (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 5f cond nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Sep.
Solway Blue 7-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, hampered 7th, went 3rd after 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 5, well behind Buckstruther (10-6) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf.
Native Coll 12-1 (9-11) Led, headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 13, 10l behind Et Maintenant (11-12) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Apr.
King's Envoy (USA) 66-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear on inside, weakened approaching 4 out, 13th of 14, well behind Zahara Joy (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Whatevertheweather 33-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Mulligan's Pride (10-9) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Samaret 100-1 (10-3) Always behind, struggling 4th, tailed off 2 out, 7th of 12, well behind Dream Risk (10-6) at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs nov sll hdl (5) gd in May.