First-time blinkers could wake up Pyjama Game but, like Highrate, he has a bit to find to overturn recent C&D running with Four Fiddlers. Rhymers Ha' has only found one too good in three novice events but his stamina has to be taken on trust over this longer trip while the front-running Scotswell invariably sets the race up for a rival, though did have Kelso specialist Political Paddy behind at Newcastle last time. RISK RUNNER had six lengths to spare over Scotswell at Wetherby in the autumn and, though without a win for three years, is nicely treated on that form and should give supporters a run for their money here. Easement looks best of the rest.
Rhymers Ha' 4-11fav (11-1) Prominent, went 2nd before 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden before last, headed run-in, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Talkin Thomas (10-8) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Four Fiddlers (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Behind, steady headway 8th, went 4th before 3 out, went 2nd soon after 2 out, wandered and led last, headed flat, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Sundown Trail (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
I'll Be Frank 66-1 (10-11) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, hampered 4th, headway and in touch 2 out, 4th when blundered last, led and edged left, bypassed final flight, soon ridden and stayed on, won at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct '09 beating Global Flyer (11-0) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Scotswell 8-1 (10-4) Led, hit 5th, headed 4 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 17l behind Cloudy Too (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Easement 13-2 (11-5) Prominent on inner, joined winner 4 out, ridden and lost place from 2 out, 3rd of 8, 27l behind Total Rebellion (11-10) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Highrate (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Chased leader, dived at 3rd, left 2nd at 8th, led soon after, headed approaching last, soon lost 2nd, weakened flat, 3rd of 11, 14l behind Sundown Trail (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Venitzia (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd or 6th, went 2nd briefly before next, weakened last, 4th of 8, 11l behind Cross Of Honour (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Malin Bay (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Leith Walk (10-13) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy, 9 ran.
Risk Runner (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out to chase leaders, ridden and one pace from 2 out, 4th of 7, 7l behind Shooting Times (10-13) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Jan.
Sharney Sike 14-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, ridden before 3 out, soon outpaced, went 3rd towards finish, no impression, 3rd of 8, 44l behind Un Guet Apens (10-7) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Pyjama Game (IRE) 5-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, driven along 7th, left in narrow lead next, headed soon after, hit 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 11, 18l behind Sundown Trail (11-3) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Political Paddy 22-1 (10-2) Prominent, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, kept on, went 4th near finish, 4th of 10, 19l behind Cloudy Too (10-13) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Ballymacduff (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) In rear, mistake 1st, headway before 6th, weakened from 4 out, 11th of 17, 43l behind Monkey Milan (11-9) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.