King's Chorister won this last year off a 12lb higher mark but he's been a long way below his best over the last few months. Indepub has also been on a downward curve while Oh Right is better over fences. Indigo Island is still a maiden and was pulled up last time over the larger obstacles. SCIMON TEMPLAR is another still seeking a first success but he was placed in a higher grade race at Kelso earlier this month and a repeat of that effort would probably suffice. Cumbrian Farmer looks best of the rest.
Grey Area (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Led, headed after 6th, pushed along after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 11, well behind Captain Clayton (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Master Cynk 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Harry's Farewell (11-9) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
De Bee Keeper (IRE) 4-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, struggling halfway, 5th of 9, 23l behind Cool Baranca (10-10) at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Sep.
Scimon Templar (FR) 4-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4 out, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Hunters Belt (11-4) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft.
Cumbrian Farmer 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never on terms, 4th of 9, 10l behind Summerlea (11-11) at Catterick 2m 3f ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Indigo Island (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Mid-division, headway on outside 6th, weakened from 10th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Baileys Concerto (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Mar, 10 ran.
Indepub 22-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, led 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 7, 19l behind Funky Munky (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Amethyst Rose (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, led 3rd, headed before 7th, weakened before 2 out, 12th of 15, well behind Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Oh Right (IRE) 4-1 (10-1) Tracked leader until not fluent 3rd, went 2nd again 8th, led after 10th, headed before 3 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Smart Catch (11-1) at Market Rasen 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
King's Chorister 10-1 (10-5) Towards rear, effort before 2 out, never dangerous, 7th of 16, 35l behind Patavium (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Marlee Massie (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) In rear, pushed along halfway, tailed off before 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar, 15 ran.