Moss Cloud sprang a surprise at Newcastle in November but was then well beaten over a longer trip here the following month and hasn't been seen since. Hallmark Star has only found one too good over track and trip on his last two starts but is still climbing the weights while Sleep In First is a long-standing maiden over hurdles, though has won off higher marks over fences. SNOWED IN might have gone close here last month had he not taken the third-last by its roots. His light weight is a plus on the ground so he gets a tentative vote as Badea has shown nothing so far and The Orange Rogue was engaged at Kelso yesterday.
Moss Cloud (IRE) 7-4fav (11-5) Led, headed briefly 4 out, hit 2 out, ridden and headed between last 2, lost 2nd soon after, kept on same pace in 4th flat, 4th of 9, 10l behind Vinny Gambini (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Hallmark Star 5-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 2 out, went 2nd after last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Just Cameron (11-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
The Orange Rogue (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, jumped left 1st, lost 2nd before 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 10, well behind Stonebrook (11-3) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Sleep In First (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Made most until after 3rd, remained prominent, pushed along and lost 2nd on long run to 2 out, soon outpaced, rallied to modest 3rd flat, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Be Bop Boru (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gs in Mar.
Snowed In (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, blundered badly 3 out, soon lost place, kept on from 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Short Takes (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Badea 33-1 (11-1) Always behind, no chance from 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, 48l behind Rosquero (10-5) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.