It's been almost a year since Crackerjac Boy sprang a surprise in an amateurs' race over C&D and he'll surely need this. Livvy Inn, third at Kelso last month, has to go on the short-list, however, and Funky Munky should strip fitter for his reappearance. SOME LAD travelled strongly for a long way over a longer trip at Kelso two weeks ago. The drop in distance should help Alison Hamilton's maiden and can finally open his account in this weak-looking handicap.
Patriot (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, pushed along before 10th, struggling and never on terms from next, 7th of 11, 36l behind Wide Receiver (10-12) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Oct '11.
Funky Munky 14-1 (10-10) In rear, reminder after 3rd, tailed off 4 out, 7th of 9, 38l behind Hunters Belt (11-5) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct.
Livvy Inn (USA) 16-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 7th, kept on one pace and no impression, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Caught In The Act (10-9) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Oct.
Royal Curtsy 15-2 (11-4) Prominent, not fluent 6th, led after 8th, headed next, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, weakened in 3rd before last where blundered, demoted to 4th flat, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Bollin Fiona (11-0) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jun.
Some Lad (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, challenged before 3 out, led 3 out, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Caught In The Act (10-9) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Oct.
See The Legend 13-2 (9-11) Led, took keen hold, headed before 2 out, weakened soon after, pulled up before last, in a race won by Fentara (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in May, 6 ran.
Notonebuttwo (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, raced wide towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Keeneland (11-5) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Worth A King's 16-1 (10-7) Prominent until after 5th, ridden after next, soon struggling, no impression after, 6th of 10, 27l behind Sail And Return (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Dun To Perfection 200-1 (10-7) In rear, headway from 7th, went 3rd before and hit 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 8, 38l behind Green Flag (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct.
Lochore (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) In touch in mid-division, closed 3 out, no extra last, 6th of 14, 19l behind Funky Munky (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov '11.
Crackerjac Boy (USA) 25-1 (9-7) Took keen hold, cloe 5th on inside, went 2nd after 5th, led narrowly 8th until headed before 3 out, led again 2 out, joined and not fluent last, kept on gamely flat, won at Carlisle 2m 4f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov '11 beating Shoal Bay Dreamer (9-9) by 3/4l, 16 ran.