Lysino is not improving as expected and the handicapper is still reluctant to help him out. Rhymers Stone failed to complete when fancied at Musselburgh recently having gone close at Kelso before that. Silverton showed some progress with a better effort in a maiden hurdle at Ayr last month and she can figure despite a 4lb rise, though OPERATEUR makes most appeal. He finished clear of the rest of the field when third in a similar contest over track and trip last time. Ben Haslam's charge is going the right way and looks up to winning at this level.
Lysino (GER) 10-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden and one pace, no impression, 5th of 11, 24l behind Pass Muster (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Silverton 40-1 (10-7) Led to 3 out, one pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Redpender (11-0) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Rhymers Stone 7-2 (11-3) Soon behind, reminder 3rd, lost touch 4 out, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Pass Muster (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Cloudy Deal (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 4th of 7, 37l behind Irish Cavalier (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Master Murphy (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 6th, lost place 8th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 7, 35l behind Ballyalton (11-3) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gd in Nov.
Vodka Red (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway before 5 out, weakened last, 7th of 10, 21l behind Honourable Gent (10-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Operateur (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led 3 out, ridden before 2 out, headed before last, lost 2nd place run-in, no extra, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Honourable Gent (10-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
Baraboy (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, hit 2nd, modest 5th before 4th, never on terms, kept on flat, went modest 4th post, 4th of 7, 25l behind Most Honourable (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
W Six Times 25-1 (9-9) Prominent when fell 6th, in a race won by Amethyst Rose (10-0) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 17 ran.