Ben Akram defied several mistakes to run his best race to date over fences behind Jim Tango at Kelso and today's longer trip will suit. Bocamix, three times a winning hurdler, didn't appear to get home over this track and trip a fortnight ago. Brieryhill Boy reappeared with a debut run over fences at Kelso where he ran well for a long way before weakening quickly. RATTLIN, who won twice over timber in the summer, makes her debut over fences and her pedigree suggests she will be well suited to the bigger obstacles so she can make a winning start. Cavite Eta gained a shock victory here last month and was attempting to concede 16lb to easy winner Surprise Vendor at Hexham so has to be considered.
Cavite Eta (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Disputed 3rd, outpaced 3 out, ridden between last 2, stayed on under pressure to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 17l behind Suprise Vendor (10-10) at Hexham 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy.
Rattlin 6-1 (9-13) Prominent, outpaced in 4th after 3 out, headway under pressure next, went 3rd between last 2, kept on flat, no impression, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Midnight Belle (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f (3) sft.
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.
Bocamix (FR) 15-2 (11-9) Held up in rear, headway 5th, chased leader next, soon outpaced, weakened after last, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Pistol Basc (10-0) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) sft.
Brieryhill Boy 14-1 (10-11) With leader, led 2nd, headed 5th, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 11, 29l behind Clondaw Knight (11-12) at Kelso 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gs.
Monbeg (IRE) 22-1 (10-11) In touch on outside, led and not fluent 2nd, headed 7th, remained in touch, lost place after 4 out, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, 43l behind Snuker (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy.
Morello Mist 14-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, weakened after 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Charlie Bucket (10-4) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft, 10 ran.