A 5lb rise in the weights for his latest win puts Los Nadis on a stiff mark and preference is for TILLIETUDLEM ahead of Mesbaah who has ground concerns. Despite being in her first season over timber, the selection has already made quite an impression, winning at Bangor and Perth. Her trainer is evidently not scared of pitching her into a competitive handicap hurdle against older and wiser rivals and with the 15lb weight-for-age allowance she certainly enters equations. As does Houston Dynimo; his run behind Red Moloney in February stands out and he should come on for a recent Kelso outing. Poseidon has a good record at the track and should have ideal conditions today, Golden Future was too keen last time out, whilst Danny Zuko represents an in-form yard but his profile is frustrating. Of more interest is Mesbaah who should be fit after a recent spin at Catterick. He has been progressing well over hurdles but all of his form (flat and jumps) suggests that he wouldn't want any further rain. Nivek's Dream steps out of maiden company for the first time, Sea Storm is consistent but not well-handicapped, whilst Along The Nile's course form, and especially a second to European Dream last February, gives him every chance. Amazing King is edging down to a winnable mark, however it is Tillietudlem who looks worth chancing.
Los Nadis (GER) 7-1 (11-7) Made all, stayed on well from 2 out, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in May beating Solway Sunset (10-0) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Amazing King (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, weakened after 3 out, 12th of 13, well behind Nampour (10-12) at Aintree 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Oct.
Along The Nile 5-1 (11-7) Held up, blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Toshi (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Mar, 13 ran.
Sea Storm (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, pushed along and headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders next, went 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Hunting Tower (11-4) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Nivek's Dream (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway from 5 out, 4th approaching 2 out, no impression when slightly hampered at last, kept on, 3rd of 16, 11l behind Huckle Buck Shoe (11-12) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Mesbaah (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, challenged after 3 out, upsides when hit 2 out, one pace flat, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Dani's Girl (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct.
Danny Zuko (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, one pace from 2 out, 5th of 12, 12l behind Whisky Magic (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Tillietudlem (FR) 11-2 (11-8) With leader, pushed along and hit 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Kudu Country (10-12) at Haydock 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) hvy.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Held up, outpaced 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 13, 40l behind Still At Lunch (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Poseidon (GER) 9-1 (10-9) Led, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 16l behind Kickahead (11-2) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Oct.
Golden Future 13-2 (11-3) Led after 2nd, soon clear, headed approaching 2 out, weakened quickly, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dinarius (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft, 9 ran.
Domino Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, hit 4 out, soon ridden and outpaced, weakened 2 out, 11th of 13, 47l behind Still At Lunch (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Haka Dancer (USA) 50-1 (10-5) Chased leader, led 3 out, headed 2 out, soon ridden and weakened quickly, 8th of 11, 39l behind Hunting Tower (11-4) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.