SHOAL BAY DREAMER was gaining her first victory when scoring over the C&D a couple of weeks ago and a 5lb rise in the weights is wiped out by her rider's claim so a follow-up looks on the cards. Samson Collonges was also winning for the first time when successful on that same card but that was over 3m1f and he may need that trip to show his best. Vardas Supreme has run two reasonable races since arriving from Ireland but is still a maiden after 14 starts over fences and Sam Patch probably needs further than this. Ravensbill has shown very little and hasn't been seen since March.
Vardas Supreme (IRE) 13-2 (10-5) Led 1st to 3rd, remained prominent, every chance on inside 3 out, kept on until no extra in clear 3rd approaching last, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Oil Burner (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Shoal Bay Dreamer 5-2fav (9-13) With leader, led 2nd to 7th, lost place 8th, headway before 2 out, led last, kept on well, ridden out, won at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft beating Billy Cuckoo (11-12) by 5l, 5 ran.
Sam Patch 4-1fav (10-12) Held up in touch, ridden 13th, badly hampered 3 out, no impression after, weakened after 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Finbin (11-3) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
Ravensbill (IRE) 9-1 (10-1) Mid-division, lost action and pulled up after 4th, in a race won by Man Of Principles (10-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Mar, 9 ran.
Samson Collonges (FR) 5-2 (10-0) Held up in rear and in touch, headway to go 3rd before 2 out, led before last, kept on, ridden out, won at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft beating Mansonien L'as (10-10) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.