TOMMYSTEEL beat the useful Highland Cathedral at Kelso on his debut under Rules and has the clear beating of Reland on a line through the runner-up. He should be capable of giving 4lb to Romany Ryme, though the latter has won his last two starts between the flags and is improving. Askalott and Some Lad have made little impression under Rules so far and will probably struggle to make an impact here.
Tommysteel (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, blundered badly and nearly unseated rider 2 out, soon badly hampered, ridden last, kept on very gamely to lead final 50 yards, won at Kelso 3m 1f nov hts chs (6) gs beating Highland Cathedral (11-11) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Askalott (IRE) 12-1 (12-5) To & pu 8, in a race won by Cherryland (12-5) at Mordon 3m ptp gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Reland (FR) 9-1 (11-7) Led when not fluent 2nd, headed approaching 7th, ridden after 3 out, weakened from last, 4th of 10, 21l behind Highland Cathedral (11-7) at Kelso 3m 1f hts chs (5) gd in Apr.
Romany Ryme 5-6 (12-0) Went 2nd 3 out; led aft nxt; easy, won at Whitcliffe Grange 3m ptp sft in Apr beating Max My Boy (11-7) by 2l, 6 ran.
Some Lad (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Hdwy 15; outpcd aft nxt, 2nd of 17, 10l behind Cool Star (12-0) at Dalston 3m ptp gd in Apr.