Herostatus has won on the Flat at Catterick and York this year and should step up on previous runs over timber. Dresden didn't show much on the level but Donald McCain may be able to find a race for him over hurdles while the filly Brook Star won over 1m6f as a three-year-old should have no problems with the trip. DOTTIES DILEMMA has already won a point-to-point, a bumper and race over hurdles. He can defy his penalty to extend his unbeaten record, though Duke Of Navan has a jumping pedigree and should be able to build on a couple of placed efforts in bumpers last season.
Dotties Dilema (IRE) 15-8 (11-0) Chased leaders, took closer order 3rd, led next, hard pressed 2 out, stayed on well, won at Hexham 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy beating Full Speed (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Alf The Audacious 33-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 29l behind Dotties Dilema (11-0) at Hexham 2m mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Dresden (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) With leader, led over 3f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 11l behind Top Diktat (9-3) at Yarmouth 1m 1f mdn auc stks (6) sft in Jul '11 (flat).
Duke Of Navan (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear and keen, soon tracked leaders, led about 9f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 3rd of 13, 16l behind River Maigue (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (4) gd in Apr.
Firth Of The Clyde Flemensfirth gelding out of Miss Nel.
Franky Spec (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Ld/disp, b mstk 8th, ld aftr 4out, hdd bef last & no ex, 3rd from last, wknd, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Phar Away Island (11-7) at Inchydoney 3m ire ptp gd in May.
Herostatus 66-1 (10-12) In touch, outpaced 6th, soon ridden and weakened, 10th of 13, 43l behind Embsay Crag (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Brook Star (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, ridden and kept on same pace final 2f, never on terms, 6th of 14, 21l behind Gosforth Park (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Aug (flat).
Bygones For Coins (IRE) 14-1 (8-0) Dwelt, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 24l behind Pivotal Prospect (9-1) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) hvy (flat).
Showmehow 100-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, weakened from 5f out, 7th of 9, well behind Galleon (9-2) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug (flat).