The Cockney Mackem was a short-priced favourite for the first race here on Wednesday but was withdrawn at the start. The seven-year-old doesn't look one to put the mortgage on so we'll take him on in this with BARDELI. He'll have learned plenty from his hurdling debut at Carlisle and Donald McCain won this last year with a similarly lightly-raced sort. Jimmy The Hat may need further and Elmaatigra's best run so far came over 2m4f while none of the others make much appeal.
Ballet D'anges (FR) 80-1 (10-12) Stumbled badly first, in touch, reminders 5th, weakened next, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Picks Milan (11-3) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Bardeli (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Led, headed over 3f out, quickly weakened, 8th of 12, well behind Devenish Island (10-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Clondaw Knight (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 3 out, faded last, 5th of 14, 24l behind Runswick Royal (10-13) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Damascus Steel (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Mid-division, went 4th before 2 out, soon ridden, faded run-in, 5th of 10, 15l behind Phoenix Returns (10-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Elmaatigra 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division on inside, headway 4 out, went 2nd and challenged when wandered 2 out, 1 length down when not fluent last, no impression flat, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Victor Hewgo (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Heckley Highjack 100-1 (10-6) Held up mid-division, weakened before 2 out, 11th of 13, 44l behind Swaledale Lad (11-0) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Jimmy The Hat (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Soon mid-division, moderate 7th 4 out, soon no impression, 8th of 15, 44l behind The Conker Club (10-8) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
The Cockney Mackem (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Mid-division, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, never on terms, 5th of 13, 9l behind Kuilsriver (9-10) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb.
Amethyst Rose (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 32l behind Run Ructions Run (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd in Mar.
Silverton 50-1 (10-4) Chased leaders to 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Matthew Riley (11-0) at Newcastle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
The Flaming Matron (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure before 3 out, weakened from next, 7th of 12, 16l behind Discovery Bay (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Watchmego 40-1 (10-4) Always behind, tailed off over 4f out, 7th of 9, well behind Hellorboston (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.