Maggio has won twice here this season over further. He was tackling Grade 3 company at Clonmel last time and should find this easier but Patrick Griffin's raider may struggle to give 6lb over this trip to the improving SCARLET FIRE. He beat Big Water a shade cosily at Carlisle and the runner-up has franked the form since. Big Water's trainer Alan Swinbank runs Phoenix Returns here but he's had plenty of opportunities to get off the mark. Cruachan showed a bit of promise at Musselburgh in December but hasn't been seen since.
Maggio (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead 3 out, soon ridden and headed, weakened quickly before 2 out, 6th of 7, 39l behind Inish Island (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 6f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Scarlet Fire (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leader and keen, went 2nd 2 out, ridden to lead last, kept on, won at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Big Water (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Bertielicious 200-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, reminders b efore 3 out, soon weakened, last of 10, well behind Big Water (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Damascus Steel (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before last, in a race won by Scarlet Fire (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Indian Voyage (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 12, well behind Walkabout Creek (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Oscar Lateen (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, 6th and staying on when fell next, in a race won by Supreme Asset (11-8) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 14 ran.
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along over 4f out, went 3rd over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 8, 16l behind Masterful Act (11-0) at Southwell 2m n h flat (4) std in Mar.
Wolf Shield (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd or 4th, well behind 7th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Whispering Gallery (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Cruachan (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Held up behind in touch, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 16l behind Totalize (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Shady Sadie (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 12, 21l behind Victor Hewgo (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.