This may develop into a match between Crowning Jewel and WITNESS IN COURT, with preference just for the latter in receipt of 6lb. He got outpaced in a bumper on his debut under Rules at Hexham but will relish this big step up in trip having already won over 3m between the flags. The Reveley gelding, on the other hand, still has his stamina to prove having been found wanting in handicap company over C&D last time. L'Eminence Grise is probably best of the rest but has had plenty of chances and is another not guaranteed to get home.
Crowning Jewel 5-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway before 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Humbie (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Attycran (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent, ridden and lost place after 7th, tailed off 9th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ambion Wood (11-6) at Perth 3m nov hdl (2) sft in Apr, 8 ran.
Bremer Bay (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, weakened over 4f out, 12th of 13, well behind River Maigue (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Cigalas 16-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 10th of 11, 31l behind The Dunion (10-0) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Oct.
Croc An Aifrean (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Rcd 2nd until 3rd 6out & mstk 5out, no impr from 3out, 5th when pu just bef last, in a race won by Backhomeinderry (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in May '10, 13 ran.
Gymdoli 100-1 (11-0) In rear, jumped badly right 1st, jumped badly left 2nd, jumped slow and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Hi George (10-10) at Kelso 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs, 14 ran.
L'eminence Grise (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along 5 out, headway before 2 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Dr Flynn (11-7) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Risk Assesment (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Jumped right, soon tailed off, blundered and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Silver Story (12-1) at Aintree 3m 1f hts chs (6) gd, 6 ran.
Winged Cavallo (IRE) 150-1 (10-10) Mid-division, jumped left 1st, soon hampered, headway after 5th, ridden next, weakened after 7th, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Makbullet (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Witness In Court (IRE) 5-6fav (11-2) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed well over 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Dotties Dilema (10-5) at Hexham 2m NH flat (6) sft.