SHAN VALLEY is handed the vote after a very good effort at Wetherby where she looked the winner until a mistake at the last. Blue Kascade attracted good support on his return from a break over this track and trip last time and was impressive in scoring by 10 lengths though he's been hit hard in the weights and won't find this as easy. Kayfrou scrambled home at Bangor in December but ran poorly when stepped up in trip at Catterick on New Year's Day while Newdane Dancer landed a Catterick seller before a decent effort in a handicap there last month. Spanish Fleet is one of the few here with scope and has run well enough in novice company to be considered despite a big weight.
Spanish Fleet 15-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, soon went 2nd, one pace, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Easydoesit (11-10) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Jan.
Blue Kascade (IRE) 5-1fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 7th, led 8th, clear before last, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs beating Jack Albert (10-2) by 10l, 15 ran.
Pairc Na Leasa (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Always behind, 9th of 15, 32l behind Blue Kascade (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Douchkirk (FR) 3-1 (11-10) With leaders, challenged 3 out, weakened last, 4th of 7, 30l behind Willie Hall (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Patriot (IRE) 28-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5th, reminders before 6th, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Dun To Perfection (9-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov '12, 10 ran.
Kayfrou 7-4fav (9-9) In rear, never able to challenge, 5th of 11, 21l behind Grate Fella (11-8) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Jan.
Newdane Dancer (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders early, soon dropped into mid-division, in 4th and blundered 3 out, soon ridden, went 3rd before 2 out, stayed on, 3rd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Seven Summits (11-7) at Catterick 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Reland (FR) 16-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, lost place after 7th, pushed along before next, never dangerous, soon pulled up, in a race won by Everdon Brook (10-11) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec '12, 15 ran.
Shan Valley (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, headway before 4 out, led 2 out, ridden run-in, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Lean Burn (10-13) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Solway Dornal 7-1 (9-8) In touch in 4th, ridden bewfore 4 out, in 5th and held when blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Chicago Outfit (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
The Boozy Bishop (IRE) 80-1 (9-10) In touch on outside, outpaced before 2 out (usual 3 out), soon weakened, 6th of 10, 44l behind Catching On (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.
Mrs Grass 100-1 (10-0) Mid-division, weakened from 5 out, 5th of 10, well behind W Six Times (10-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.