A big weight has proved no barrier to winning this in the past and we fancy FUNNY STAR to continue recent trends. Very lightly raced, he can be excused his run at Aintree, his first since October, and has a lot more scope than today's rivals. Walkabout Creek would have been interesting had he not been due to run here yesterday but Green Flag should go well back over a shorter trip and Orsippus isn't badly treated on his best form and neither is Arctic Court. Duaiseoir has gone up 5lb since finishing second at Fontwell, however, and Rock Relief may struggle to confirm recent course running with Hollo Ladies on worse terms. Kaylif Aramis is also climbing the weights and may be in the handicapper's grip now.
Saphir River (FR) 150-1 (11-7) Held up behind, mistake 7th, weakening when hampered 4 out, soon tailed off, 7th of 9, 19l behind Zarkandar (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gd.
Funny Star 20-1 (10-5) In touch, lost place after 4 out, behind when pulled up before next, in a race won by Minella Forfitness (10-3) at Aintree 2m 4f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs, 21 ran.
Kaylif Aramis 2-1fav (11-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, went 2nd after 3 out until after next, beaten when jumped left and not fluent last, 5th of 9, 15l behind Shotavodka (11-12) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Mar.
Walkabout Creek (IRE) 11-8fav (11-8) Prominent, led 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Mar beating Phase Shift (10-9) by 3l, 6 ran.
Orsippus (USA) 33-1 (10-10) Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, never on terms, 15th of 28, 23l behind Medinas (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar.
Wyse Hill Teabags 40-1 (10-10) Towards rear, switched outside and headway into mid-division before 3 out, never on terms, 14th of 28, 23l behind Medinas (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gs in Mar.
Green Flag (IRE) 5-1fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, headway before 7th, led 4 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, one pace before last, 2nd of 13, 15l behind Beeves (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar.
Kian's Delight 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division, outpaced after 4 out, stayed on from last, 8th of 22, 14l behind Cockney Sparrow (9-9) at Aintree 2m cond hcp hdl (2) gs.
Duaiseoir (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, went 3rd after 6th, led briefly before 2 out, chased winner, went left last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Billy Twyford (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Hollo Ladies (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Took keen hold in mid-division, headway 3 out, led next, hard ridden when headed after last, ran on, 2nd of 8, nk behind Rock Relief (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Mar.
Rock Relief (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leader, ridden after 2 out, led last, headed and not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Crowning Jewel (10-13) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Mar.
Arctic Court (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Held up, pushed along after 3rd, not fluent 6th, well beaten before 3 out, 7th of 10, 15l behind Brick Red (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.