Jim Goldie's Grandad Bill had to pull out all of the stops to win at Musselburgh last month and an 8lb rise for that success looks very harsh and he will be find it hard to win again off his new mark so preference is for GLINGERBANK, who can reverse Kelso running with Cassius. Bruce Mactaggart's gelding won with something in hand when landing that Kelso race, easing down towards the finish and beating the selection by eight lengths, but that was on testing ground and the going today is less likely to suit him as much as it will the Nicky Richards-trained gelding who has a 13lb pull in the weights. Alan Swinbank's Sir Tantallus Hawk could probably do with some help from the handicapper, while Pontop could appreciate any further drying of the ground but any rain would hinder his chances. L'Eau Du Nil has been running well on testing ground for Andy Haynes of late and will not mind the better ground today so he has to be respected but preference is for Glingerbank, who can get the better with his Kelso conqueror Cassius at the revised weights on this ground.
Astarador (FR) 33-1 (11-2) Led to 5th, soon lost place, weakened 2 out, 10th of 12, 35l behind Eradicate (10-13) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Feb.
Sir Tantallus Hawk 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 14, 46l behind Honest John (10-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Feb.
L'Eau Du Nil (FR) 16-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden flat, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Mohayer (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Issaquah (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, 11th of 14, well behind Honest John (10-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Feb.
Grandad Bill (IRE) 15-2 (11-8) Always close up, led after 4 out, stayed on under pressure, driven out, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Feb beating Simple Jim (10-11) by nk, 12 ran.
Nine Stories (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Never travelling or jumping with any fluency, always in rear, reminders after 5th, struggling from next, 6th of 8, 45l behind Higgy's Boy (11-9) at Ascot 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl (2) gd in Mar '09.
Cassius (IRE) 7-4fav (11-1) Tracked leader, led approaching 4th, stayed on well from last, won at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Dec beating Glingerbank (11-12) by 8l, 10 ran.
Glingerbank (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up in touch, chased winner approaching 3 out, went 2nd last, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Cassius (11-1) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Dec.
Pontop (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 7th, chased winner and hit 2 out, no impression flat, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Ramsden Boy (10-3) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Dzesmin (POL) 5-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, outpaced after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dancing Dik (11-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb, 7 ran.
The Gloves Are Off (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway approaching 4th, ridden after next, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 8, 5l behind I've Been Framed (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Nelson du Ronceray (FR) 13-2 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway and in touch 4th, effort 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from next, 6th of 11, 18l behind Grandad Bill (11-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Well Disguised (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, hit 4th, no impression from 2 out, 4th of 9, 19l behind La Sarrazine (11-10) at Doncaster 2m mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Melange (USA) 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders on outside, lost place when mistake 5th, behind from 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bygones Of Brid (11-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) sft, 11 ran.
Follow On 16-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4th, soon outpaced, kept on from 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 10, 22l behind Cassius (11-1) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Dec.