Endeavor is in a rich vein of form and made a winning return over fences at Kelso in May. But he's not won in five previous visits to the track and looks too close in the weights to TOLEDO GOLD. The latter appreciated fast ground when winning here last month and ran well for a long way under a penalty at Hexham last time. Kaolak looked a nice prospect a couple of years ago but had to be dropped into a seller over hurdles last time to recapture the winning thread and failed to complete in two earlier runs over fences. Twentypoundluck has his sights lowered, however, and rates more of a danger than Muwalla and Lord Of Drums.
Kaolak (USA) 2-1 (11-0) Made all, soon clear, ridden between last 2, 3 lengths clear last, stayed on well flat, won at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Jun beating Piment D'estruval (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Twentypoundluck (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent and disputed, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 3 out, soon no extra, 8th of 13, 35l behind Rebel Fitz (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f beg chs sft in May.
Toledo Gold (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Led, soon clear, headed before last, weakened and lost 2nd run-in, 3rd of 14, 16l behind Bygones Of Brid (11-5) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Endeavor 5-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 9th, led 3 out, kept on well, won at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gf in May beating Some Lad (10-9) by 9l, 9 ran.
Muwalla 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, in 3rd and held when fell 3 out, in a race won by Jack The Gent (11-12) at Wetherby 2m nov chs (4) gd in May, 4 ran.
Lord Of Drums (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Led to 6th, tracked leader, lost place approaching 4 out, soon ridden and no impression with leaders, stayed on to press for 3rd flat, 4th of 5, 17l behind Riskier (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nov chs 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.