Bollin Fiona couldn't quite catch Pierrers Bounty over the track and trip last time when Master Murphy was 5l back in third. The latter is massively better off at the weights and should have little trouble reversing the form. Amore Mio hasn't run well since his victory at Ayr in November though he's now just 2lb higher while Saddlers Mot is 8lb higher than her latest success and that was in a seller. MOOTABAR was very disappointing at Newcastle and potential punters would need to forgive that effort which came after a fine run at Catterick where he only succumbed late over a slightly longer trip. He's taken to get back on track in a moderate contest.
Bollin Fiona 12-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced from 2 out, kept on from last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, hd behind Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Amore Mio (GER) 11-4fav (11-10) Led to 4 out, every chance 2 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 16l behind Finaghy Ayr (11-0) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy.
Isaacstown Lad (IRE) 22-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 7th of 14, 37l behind Bop Along (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs.
Saddlers Mot 12-1 (11-12) Always behind, 6th of 11, 31l behind Solway Dornal (10-1) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Master Murphy (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Led to 3rd, chased leaders, led after 2 out, headed before last, one pace, 3rd of 15, 5l behind Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Easement 9-1 (10-9) Prominent, outpaced 3 out, no extra approaching last, 4th of 11, 18l behind Auberge (11-1) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jun.
Northern Acres 7-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along 5 out, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 48l behind Nexius (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Mootabar (IRE) 9-2 (10-3) Held up in rear, some headway after 3 out, never dangerous, 5th of 8, 43l behind Nexius (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Blue Cove 11-2 (10-1) In rear, reminder after 6th, struggling soon after next, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Warsaw Pact (9-9) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs, 7 ran.