Top weight Ascendant may be capable of better sporting first-time blinkers while Go Silver Bullet is interesting on his first start over timber for a year. He's well handicapped on his form over fences. Fairynuff was the subject of a gamble when upped in distance at Musselburgh last month but could only finish third and is 2lb higher here. Marlborough Sound has also gone up in the weights since finishing second at Towcester and fellow veteran Texas Holdem is probably more interesting as he's been thereabouts off this mark at Market Rasen and Kelso recently. FARMERS CROSS was arguably an unlucky loser at Market Rasen in January, however, and is fancied to gain compensation today with the promising Tony Kelly again taking the ride.
Ascendant 14-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 9th of 13, 33l behind Diklers Oscar (10-13) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Jan.
Rare Coincidence 12-1 (11-4) Led, headed 4th, weakened approaching 4 out, 9th of 11, well behind Saintly Lady (10-10) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Texas Holdem (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway on outer before 3 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Circus Clown (11-0) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Go Silver Bullet (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Held up in touch on inside, headway 5 out, soon chased winner, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Dark Ben (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Farmers Cross (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, steady headway after 5th, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, led again before last, headed flat, stayed on, held close home, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Apache Chant (10-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gd in Jan.
Woody Valentine (USA) 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, reminder after 6th, lost place approaching 8th, 11th of 13, 49l behind Breaking Storm (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jun.
Front Rank (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, ridden after 3rd, soon lost place, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Fujin Dancer (10-9) at Catterick 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Fairynuff 9-2fav (11-10) Chased leaders and keen on inner, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Vallani (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft in Feb.
Below The Deck (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, weakened from 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dorabelle (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f cond mrs nov hdl (4yo+) (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Marlborough Sound 11-4fav (11-2) Handy in chasing group, closed 3rd, chased winner approaching 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on flat, always held, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Orang Outan (10-10) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Feb.
Wheyaye 15-2 (10-10) Held up mid-division, weakened after 4 out, 5th of 13, 50l behind Round The Horn (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Hoar Frost 25-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, weakened from 7th, 11th of 17, 17l behind Knight Valliant (10-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Dickie Henderhoop (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Towards rear, mistake 4th, behind 9th, stayed on flat, never nearer, 7th of 10, 12l behind Buckstruther (10-10) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.