Maggio has done well on his various forays from across the Irish Sea and should be a leading player once again. However, he does have to give weight away to all his rivals of whom FLAMING ARROW, a rare hurdles runner for the Kevin Ryan team, makes greatest appeal. He has proved a consistent performer over timber and looked on the upgrade when obliging comfortably at Fakenham last time but it's his previous effort when hunting up the talented Cockney Sparrow at Doncaster, giving the winner a stone, that really catches the eye. Moscow Presents found Class 3 handicap company at Haydock too much to handle last time but previous hurdling efforts, including a comfortable Towcester success, definitely bring him into the equation.
Maggio (FR) 6-4fav (11-11) Chased leader, with leader 6th, challenged 2 out, every chance last, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Phoenix Returns (10-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Moscow Presents (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders on inside, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Oscar Magic (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4-8yo) (3) gs in Mar.
Chanceofa Lifetime (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Bounty Queen.
Coquet Head 50-1 (10-5) In rear, pecked 4th, detached next, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Grey Gold (10-12) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) hvy in Mar.
First Of Never (IRE) 100-1 (11-1) Held up in last pair, struggling 5th, tailed off 4 out, soon puled up, in a race won by Neptune Equester (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 9 ran.
Flaming Arrow (IRE) 15-8 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd soon after 2 out, led approaching last, pushed along and kept on well flat, won at Fakenham 2m 4yo mdn stks (4) sft in Mar beating Formulation (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Indigo Rock (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) In touch, went 2nd after 3rd, under pressure before 3 out, left in remote 3rd at next, never able to challenge, 3rd of 7, 50l behind Swatow Typhoon (11-10) at Ayr 3m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Kealshore 50-1 (11-1) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Runswick Royal (10-13) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 14 ran.
Native Optimist (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Raced wide, prominent, chased leader over 11f out until 7f out, soon lost place, tailed off, 9th of 10, 47l behind Leighinmohr (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb '12.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway to go 5th before last, soon went 4th, stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, just held for 2nd place, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Swaledale Lad (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Quest Magic (IRE) 50-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway before last, kept on and no impression, 5th of 13, 11l behind Swaledale Lad (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Tiny Dancer (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 9th of 12, well behind Scarlet Fire (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Desert Sting 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along 7f out, weakened over 4f out, 5th of 10, 26l behind Salto Chisco (11-4) at Haydock 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Mightavago 66-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Counsel (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 1f am nov hdl (4) gd.
Ferndale 100-1 (10-4) Mid-division, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Amber Cloud (10-7) at Catterick 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.