JUST AWAKE won by 20 lengths in a race between the flags at Friars Haugh last month in which Raid Stane was struggling when unseating his rider. Sandy Thomson's gelding should take all the beating if handling these stiffer fences. Silk And Roses had Present Potential behind last time but probably needs a bit more in this. Darsi Dancer should go well, however, and Barachois Silver has been in decent form and has place prospects.
Coole Murphy (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Prominent until 8th, well behind 10th, tailed off before 13th, pulled up after, in a race won by Cottage Oak (11-13) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan '13, 11 ran.
Darsi Dancer (IRE) 7-2 (12-0) Eff 15; one pce, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Superior Command (11-7) at Berwickshire 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Just Awake 5-4 (12-0) Ap; led aft 15; clr nxt; rdly, won at Duke of Buccleuch's 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Banoge (12-0) by 20l, 5 ran.
Present Potential (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Prom til outpcd app 3 out, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Silk And Roses (11-10) at Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and E 3m ptp sft in Mar.
Raid Stane (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Outpcd aft 13; strugg when blun & ur 15, in a race won by Just Awake (12-0) at Duke of Buccleuch's 3m ptp gd in Mar, 5 ran.
Raifteiri (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Hdwy 9; led 14; stayed on wl, won at Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and E 3m ptp sft in Mar beating Chanceofa Lifetime (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Senor Alco (FR) 5-1 (12-5) In tch til wknd 15, last of 5, 27l behind Splendid Blue (12-5) at Berwickshire 3m ptp gs in Mar.
Barachois Silver 5-1 (11-10) Held up; prog 12; sust chall 15 til no ex flat, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Cave Hunter (12-3) at Duke of Buccleuch's 3m ptp gd in Mar.
Silk And Roses 6-1 (11-10) (tt) made all; ro wl, won at Lanarkshire & Renfrewshire and E 3m ptp sft in Mar beating Gin Cobbler (12-7) by 8l, 7 ran.
Treacle Moon 14-1 (10-13) Prominent until lost place, pulled up after 5th, in a race won by My Arch (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar '08, 10 ran.