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(%'' Ir­ish trainer Stu­art Craw­ford has a de­cent strike rate when send­ing over his run­ners and Vic­to­ria Says has done enough to sug­gest she can win a race of this cal­i­bre. A re­peat of her Hex­ham sec­ond in April would be enough as she was un­lucky not to win af­ter meet­ing in­ter­fer­ence on the run-in. She looks the main threat to UN­CLE ALAS­TAIR (nb). He makes his hur­dle de­but af­ter win­ning both his bumpers by a neck but has the scope to do well over tim­ber and the yard has also been in fine form with a 20 per cent strike rate over the last 14 days. The step up to this trip may help Quick Pick, who caught the eye on his de­but here stay­ing on nicely un­der a con­sid­er­ate ride. (%*, A com­pet­i­tive re­newal but the step up to this trip may see fur­ther im­prove­ment from REIVERS LODGE (nap). She cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ated the ex­tra yardage when get­ting off the mark at Kelso on her lat­est start and will need to progress again with the hand­i­cap­per hit­ting her with a 9lb hike. Which is less than the 11lb that has been handed to Na­tive Op­ti­mist for win­ning by 13 lengths at Hex­ham last month. That may prove to be a stop­per though he has stamina in abun­dance. Too Many Chiefs is just 5lb higher than when last suc­cess­ful and comes here on the back of an ex­cel­lent ef­fort at Kelso. That form stands up while Royal Salute re­verts to hur­dles on his de­but for a new yard and races off the same make when last suc­cess­ful over fences. )%(' A chance is taken with CON­QUER GOLD. She lacks a re­cent run but has her con­di­tions and re­verts to hur­dles on the same mark as when last suc­cess­ful over fences. Wide Awake be­lied her start­ing price of 40-1 when sec­ond at Sedge­field on her hand­i­cap de­but ear­lier this month. If she builds on that and han­dles this easier sur­face then she should make her pres­ence felt. At­ten­tion Seaker has been in fine form on the Flat – win­ning twice over the sum­mer – and is back over hur­dles on a handy mark. She is likely to be there­abouts. Dark Sun­set won two mod­est novice events – at Ut­tox­eter and Ban­gor – but will find this a great deal tougher. )%+' There will be plenty of sup­port for easy Perth win­ner Mac N Cheese but the hand­i­cap­per has had his say and raised him 17lb. That was his de­but for Keith Dal­gleish and there may be more to come but that is a big hike to over­come. Lough Derg Jewel drops in dis­tance on his reap­pear­ance which is not cer­tain to suit but should con­di­tions be­come more test­ing then his stamina would kick in. LOCHNELL was a win­ner on this card 12 months ago and she will strip fit­ter for her run here at the end of last month. This track clearly suits her as all her four ca­reer vic­to­ries have been gained here. Chateau Robin makes the long jour­ney from Glouces­ter­shire but has shown lit­tle prom­ise in his four out­ings over hur­dles. The yard is in fine form and the mar­ket will prob­a­bly be a good re­flec­tion on his chance.

ON THE UP: Reivers Lodge can fol­low up her re­cent suc­cess at Kelso

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