Ben Akram's latest second at Kelso gives him every chance though the form isn't any better than My Idea's sixth in a higher grade at the same track. Agricultural looked like making the frame over track and trip last time but fell in the closing stages while Teo Vivo got no further than the first fence in the same race. King's Chorister is hard to fancy, but MUWALLA looks worth another chance. Slow ground at Sedgefield was a legitimate excuse last time given that Chris Grant's charge had won on a faster surface at the same track on his penultimate start. He gets the nod with today's longer trip also likely to suit.
Muwalla 12-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, weakened 6 out, 7th of 12, 33l behind Cavite Eta (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs in Oct.
Teo Vivo (FR) 9-2 (11-6) Led to 2nd, slipped badly and hampered on bend after 5th, soon weakened, pulled up, in a race won by Clondaw Knight (11-12) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs, 11 ran.
Ben Akram (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Jim Tango (10-9) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp 0-100 (5) gs.
My Idea 5-1 (10-11) Mid-division, lost place from 5 out, behind when hampered on bend soon after, 6th of 11, 25l behind Clondaw Knight (11-12) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Agricultural 13-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, disputing 3rd when fell 4 out, in a race won by Cloudy Joker (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd, 8 ran.
King's Chorister 18-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, mistake 10th, soon weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Settledoutofcourt (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft, 6 ran.