Oscar's Ballad was engaged to run in the amateurs' handicap here yesterday but his yard is also represented by Western Bound, who has the cheekpieces back on today after appearing to resent blinkers when favourite at Clonmel last week. Lewlaur Supreme has been put up 6lb for finishing second at Newcastle but Bertie Milan has only gone up 2lb for filling the same position behind Sendali at Kelso last month and CROP WALKER is only 3lb higher than when beaten half-a-length by Borero over this trip at Bangor. Kate Walton's nine-year-old is lightly raced for his age and can gain a deserved first win here. Lexicon Lad and Frontier Spirit are others with claims but Vallani has been in the handicapper's grip since winning at Musselburgh in February and Mr Nobody has his stamina to prove over today's trip.
Lord Rudi (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) In rear but in touch in 4th, headway to challenge and every chance 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened and hit last, 3rd of 4, 13l behind Alexander Road (11-3) at Carlisle 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Lexicon Lad (IRE) 11-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, not much room when stumbled on path after 1st, headway after 8th, ridden and pressing leaders 3 out, edged left and outpaced after next, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Havingotascoobydo (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Mar.
Frontier Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Settled in mid-division, under pressure 4 out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 27l behind My Shamwari (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden before last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Sendali (11-5) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Crop Walker (IRE) 9-2fav (10-9) Tracked winner, ridden to challenge and mistake 2 out, every chance from last, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Borero (10-13) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd.
Ballymacduff (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, not fluent 12th, lost place next, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by On His Own (10-7) at Ayr 3m 1f nov chs (2) gd, 10 ran.
Shooting Times 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, mistake 4th, pushed along approaching 4 out, soon behind, 9th of 15, 43l behind Moon Indigo (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Mr Nobody (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace straight, 8th of 15, 12l behind Ghareer (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft in Feb.
Lewlaur Supreme (IRE) 5-1fav (11-2) Held up in rear, headway before 4 out, ridden and upsides winner last when not fluent, not quickened final 50 yards, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gs.
Oscar's Ballad (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway into 6th approaching 4 out, moderate 4th before 2 out, kept on under pressure to go 3rd run-in, not reach leaders, 3rd of 20, 6l behind Get In There (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Mar.
Western Bound (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Reminders from early, progress to track leaders from 6th, moderate 5th and no extra from before straight, 9th of 15, 30l behind Seamies Dream (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Auberge (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, every chance last, soon ridden, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Monty's Moon (10-7) at Southwell 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Dickie Henderhoop (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, kept on to take 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Texas Holdem (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Mar.
I Got Music 9-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 7, 15l behind Hypnotic Gaze (11-4) at Doncaster 2m clm hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Vallani (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Held up in touch, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 11, 26l behind Daasij (10-0) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Paul Revere (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 5th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Wyse Hill Teabags (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar, 15 ran.