Swaledale Lad sluiced up in a handicap at Bangor, finally fulfilling earlier promise. But he faces a different task here giving 6lb to BIG WATER. Alan Swinbank's charge looked a sure-fire future winner when second to Duke Of Navan at Kelso in January and confirmed that impression when runner-up to Scarlet Fire over this course and distance 10 days ago. Winning pointer Ben Akram and Flat winner Lysino may be best of the rest.
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Made all, clear approaching 1st until after 4th, clear again before normal 3 out, not fluent last, unchallenged, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb beating Mecox Bay (11-0) by 37l, 8 ran.
Alf The Audacious 50-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven 3 out, kept on same pace, no chance with leaders before next, 4th of 10, 16l behind Duke Of Navan (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Ben Akram (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd place when no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 3l behind Frankie's Promise (11-1) at Ayr 2m cond NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Bertielicious 100-1 (11-1) Raced keenly, led until ridden over 6f out, weakened 5f out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Master Rajeem (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Big Water (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 3 out, kept on from last, went 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Scarlet Fire (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd.
Captain Clayton (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Chased leader, ridden before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 9th of 14, 46l behind Runswick Royal (10-13) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
De Bee Keeper (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, struggling 4 out, never dangerous, 8th of 14, 29l behind Supreme Asset (11-8) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
The Bold Lord (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) In touch, headway before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 10, 22l behind Totalize (11-0) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Lysino (GER) 33-1 (10-7) Held up behind, headway into mid-division after 3rd, driven after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never reached leaders, 6th of 14, 24l behind Supreme Asset (11-8) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Maggie Blue (IRE) 22-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, some headway 4 out, outpaced soon after, 6th of 7, 34l behind Abbey Storm (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Shady Sadie (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always behind, 11th of 15, 36l behind Dante's Frolic (11-0) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Van Mildert (IRE) 100-1 (9-12) Jumped slowly 1st, in rear, struggling when not fluent 3rd, tailed off 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Red Tyke (11-5) at Kelso 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct, 10 ran.