SHOOTING TIMES won this a year ago from just 4lb lower and bounced back over a slightly longer trip here in January under today's claiming rider. He looks capable of adding to his tally in a poor handicap with most of his rivals badly out of form. The ex-Irish Old Magic has always been inconsistent and is still looking too high in the weights while Porridge looks as though he's making his handicap debut from a high enough mark. Rawaaj could prove the main threat as he was in good form around this time a year ago and is now just 1lb higher after a string of moderate efforts. Leith Walk ran poorly when favourite at Musselburgh on New Year's Day and hasn't been seen since and one victory from 18 starts over hurdles doesn't inspire confidence.
Malin Bay (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 12, well behind Koup De Kanon (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Porridge 11-1 (11-4) Mid-division, pushed along before 4 out, soon went 3rd, weakened from 3 out, 4th of 7, 25l behind Diocles (11-11) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Rawaaj 7-1 (11-12) Led, pushed along after 4 out, ridden before 3 out, soon headed, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 26l behind Ros Castle (11-10) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Shooting Times 25-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, challenged 3 out, every chance 2 out, led before last, kept on, won at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan beating Gleann Na Ndochais (11-6) by 1l, 7 ran.
Leith Walk (IRE) 9-4fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, outpaced when hampered on bend after 4 out, kept on same pace fom next, no impression, 4th of 9, 17l behind Markadam (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jan.
Old Magic (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Mid-division, outpaced 7th, rallied 3 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 11, 30l behind Kahsabelle (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Dundock 15-2 (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 4 out, went 3rd 3 out, ridden before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 14, 12l behind See The Legend (10-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Feb.
Dar Es Salaam 5-1 (10-3) Always towards rear, tailed off, 11th of 14, 45l behind Andy Vic (10-11) at Catterick 2m 3f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Feb.
Briscoe Place (IRE) 6-4 (12-5) Held up; stdy prog 15; chall flat; just failed, 2nd of 10, nk behind Badger Foot (12-5) at Friars Haugh 3m ptp gs in Mar '11.