NORTHERN ACRES can build on a progressive profile. A Sedgefield summer success was followed by a pleasing return to action at Perth 10 days ago when a close-up third behind What An Oscar in a better race than this. Off an unchanged mark, he makes plenty of appeal with the excellent Callum Whillans taking off a valuable 7lb. Lucy Normile had her string in good nick at Hexham on Friday when Agricultural was a fair third and he rates a leading threat if over those exertions. He previously looked like winning when coming to grief at the last at Sedgefield. Short Supply, a decent Flat performer for the Walfords, has yet to show the same sparkle over timber but remains lightly-raced and open to plenty of improvement.
Tinseltown 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, headed and hung left approaching 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 8, 15l behind Fair Gale (11-12) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Northern Acres 16-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 8, 2 1/4l behind What An Oscar (11-6) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Sep.
Short Supply (USA) 20-1 (11-4) In touch, weakened from 7th, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs in Apr, 15 ran.
Ella Woodcock (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Held up, headway 7th, driven and weakened approaching last, 8th of 11, 31l behind Run Forest Run (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Apr '09.
Agricultural 7-2 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, led after 3 out, narrow lead when fell last, in a race won by Pete (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sep, 13 ran.
Hotgrove Boy 20-1 (11-0) In touch on outside, hit 3rd, not fluent 5th, short of room when weakening before 2 out, 13th of 15, 43l behind Sean Airgead (11-5) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in May.
Itstooearly 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, ridden after 3 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 9, 26l behind Benbens (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Dramatic Jewel (USA) 66-1 (11-0) In touch, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind One For Joules (10-4) at Perth 2m clm hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Sydney Cove (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Always well in rear, never a factor, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Amjad (9-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Mar.
Lyrical Intent 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, jumped right 3rd, ridden after 5th, some headway approaching 3 out, no impression, 7th of 13, 20l behind Endeavor (9-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Always Best 33-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 11th of 16, well behind Can't Remember (10-11) at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Jul '10.
Cigalas 200-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, hit next, soon behind, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Jet Master (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Sep.
The Dunion 20-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, pushed along after 4th, ridden approaching 2 out to chase leaders, weakening when hampered and unseated rider last, in a race won by Solis (11-7) at Perth 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May '10, 8 ran.
Yes Mate 5-1 (10-0) Led until not fluent 3rd, prominent, led again 3 out, headed approaching last, weakened flat, 4th of 12, 18l behind Murfreesboro (10-6) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Aug.