BEAU SANCY (3.35) ran like a non-stayer when tried over 3m 3f at Market Rasen last time but a return to a shorter trip can see him resume winning ways at Kelso.
Olly Murphy's gelding rattled off a hat-trick of victories in October (Bangor, Wincanton and Fakenham) when the ground was riding good and although morning rain in the Borders is a slight concern, Beau Sancy handled soft when chasing home Geronimo at Ayr in November.
Peter Bowen usually makes his long trips up from Wales pay off and Viens Chercher, a winner at Stratford before running third to Cesar Et Rosalie in a better event at Uttoxeter 22 days ago, is probably the one to beat. Nicky Richards saddles top weight Cultrum Abbey with a live chance, having mastered fancied Valadam over course and distance last month.
Murphy has sound prospects with Valentino Dancer in the opener, while recent Market Rasen winner St Gallen remains at the right end of the weights in an interesting handicap hurdle. Slight preference is for CORNBOROUGH (3.05), runner-up to Uno Mas at Cheltenham last month and again second in the interim behind in-form Regular Income at Nottingham.
Manamite is a law unto himself but is useful on his day, scoring with plenty in hand from Kelpies Myth at Musselburgh in February and winning again at Hexham 22 days ago when rallying to beat Fisher Green. He threw in a shocker in between at Newcastle (pulled up), so you pay your money and take your chance with the JP McManus-owned gelding.
Donald McCain won this event last year with William Of Orange and relies on Nyati, a ready winner at Bangor eight days ago and the mount of Brian Hughes.
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (2.35) has been raised a rather harsh-looking 9lb for beating Little Stevie at Perth 11 days ago but may still prove too strong for Musselburgh scorer Spin The Coin, making his debut over fences.
FLY RORY FLY (4.05) ran well enough behind Traditional Dancer at Perth to merit an interest in a tricky novices' handicap chase. The first-time visor he wore there is retained. Potters Story's third to Pingshou at Ffos Las gives him an obvious chance, a remark while applies equally to Petite Ganache.