Crowning Jewel won here and at Kelso earlier in the year but was tackling much longer trips on both occasions and he has to give 14lb and upwards to his rivals today after a break. Time Out won four times over fences last season and had fair form over timber before that. This may be a pipe-opener but he can't be ignored while Eduard easily won a Kelso bumper on his racecourse debut and Davy Russell has the reins on his hurdles bow. IFANDBUTWHYNOT kept very good company in bumpers after winning here in November last year. He was well backed on his hurdling debut against battle-hardened rivals at Perth and will have learned from the experience. David O'Meara's charge is probably the one to beat.
Crowning Jewel 2-5fav (11-5) Held up in touch, steady headway to track leaders 4 out, chased leader before last, stayed on under pressure flat, led towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May beating Witness In Court (10-13) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Corky Dancer 8-1 (10-12) Always behind, not fluent 3rd, tailed off from 5 out, last of 8, well behind Pas Trop Tard (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Eduard (IRE) 4-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 4f out, challenged on bit over 2f out, shaken up to lead entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar beating Duke Of Navan (10-10) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Grimwith 100-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, struggling from 4 out, 7th of 11, well behind Ahyaknowyerself (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Gumnd (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, struggling from 5th, 8th of 11, well behind Ahyaknowyerself (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Ifandbutwhynot (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Held up in last pair, headway 3 out, chased winner and effort approaching next, soon ridden, one pace when lost 2nd last, no chance with front pair flat, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Pas Trop Tard (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Time Out (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 8th, ridden after last, weakened run-in, 6th of 7, 19l behind Mr Syntax (11-6) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Beyond The Point 200-1 (9-12) Held up behind, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quinsman (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep, 9 ran.
Dispol Diva 80-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, jumped right throughout, dropped rear after 4th, soon tailed off, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bear's Affair (11-4) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan '11, 14 ran.
Dolly Royal (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) In rear, blundered 4th, headway to go 3rd after 2 out, one pace and no impression, 3rd of 8, 25l behind Julia Too (10-7) at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy.
Issabella Gem (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, weakened before 6th, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Julia Too (10-7) at Hexham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy, 8 ran.