Quotica De Poyans has won all three starts over this C&D and looks a nice prospect. He has the beating of Ardnaclancy on recent running but hasn't come up against this quality of opposition before and his tendency to make mistakes could cost him dear against the likes of ROBBERS GLEN. Valerie Jackson's gelding may be an 11-year-old now but regularly competes against the best hunter chasers in the country and has looked as good as ever in a couple of points this year. He's preferred to former David Pipe inmate Abragante, who hasn't been seen since finishing third in a handicap over the Grand National fences at Aintree 18 months ago.
Abragante (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up, steady headway approaching 3 out, one pace and in 3rd, looking held when hampered last, kept on, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Frankie Figg (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct '09.
Ardnaclancy (IRE) 7-1 (11-13) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders and no impression, 3rd of 12, 15l behind Quotica De Poyans (12-1) at Kelso 2m 6f hts chs (6) gs.
Nile Moon (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) (cp) lft in ld 9 til hdd cl home, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Impact Zone (12-0) at Charm Park 3m ptp gd.
Quotica De Poyans (FR) 11-8fav (12-1) Made all, mistake 8th, clear approaching last, unchallenged, easily, won at Kelso 2m 6f hts chs (6) gs beating Scotch Warrior (11-7) by 7l, 12 ran.
Robbers Glen (IRE) 2-5 (11-0) Held up in tch; stdy prog to ld 12; clr 2 out; comf, won at Alnwick 3m ptp sft beating Delfinia (10-7) by 15l, 5 ran.
Thunder Hawk (IRE) 16-1 (11-13) Led to 9th, outpaced 11th and soon lost place, rallied from 3 out, kept on to take 3rd from last, no impression, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Zemsky (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hts chs (6) sft in Feb.
Hot 'n' Holy 14-1 (11-6) Prominent, ridden after 6th, weakening when not fluent next, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Restart (10-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Apr, 15 ran.
Nocatee (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened before 11th, 5th of 7, well behind Ice Tea (11-13) at Doncaster 3m 2f hts chs (6) gs in Feb.
Seafire Lad (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Prom til wknd qckly aft 15, 8th of 10, 40l behind Anotherbuck (12-0) at Overton 3m ptp gs in Feb.
Northern Revoque (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Made all; stayed on wl up flat, won at Witton Castle 3m ptp in Feb beating Liverpool (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.