Though he's often placed, Falcun remains a maiden on the Flat and over hurdles and gets little respite from the handicapper. Tarantella Lady won over hurdles at Doncaster in January and was second recently over C&D so has to go on the short-list but Commander Veejay's best form has come in sellers and he is 3lb higher than when well beaten at Hamilton latest. BROOK STAR was a C&D winner off today's mark last August and should be approaching peak fitness now after a couple of runs. The trip was too sharp at Nottingham last time and he gets the vote here, though Shirls Son Sam could reverse Newcastle running with Falcun and be a threat.
Tarantella Lady 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to chase winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Madrasa (9-2) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Andorn (GER) 14-1 (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear, weakened over 4f out, last of 10, well behind Madrasa (9-2) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Stormy Morning 16-1 (9-1) Raced wide held up, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 9, well behind Rosairlie (8-12) at Ripon 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gs.
Falcun 15-2 (9-6) Dwelt, tracked leaders, outpaced over 6f out, soon lost place, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, chased winner inside final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Bilidn (9-8) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in May.
Operateur (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Led 4f, tracked leader, led over 4f out, headed 3f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Bright Applause (8-9) at Ripon 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.
Word of Warning 20-1 (8-8) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 9l behind Soprano (8-11) at Thirsk 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug.
Needwood Park 9-2fav (9-1) Tracked leader and keen, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, weakened last 100 yards, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Idealism (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Linroyale Boy (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Held up behind, pushed along over 4f out, headway 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 5l behind Politbureau (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Commander Veejay 10-1 (8-5) Dwelt held up, ridden over 3f out, headway when short of room and hampered entering final 2f, lost place, kept on towards finish, 5th of 8, 7l behind Raleigh Quay (9-2) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Brook Star (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Led, headed over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 12l behind Ela Gonda Mou (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
Shirls Son Sam 6-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, led after 3f, headed halfway, tracked leader, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, kept on and lost 2nd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Bilidn (9-8) at Newcastle 2m hcp 0-65 (6) fm in May.
Jewelled Dagger (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Close up and keen, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 12l behind Politbureau (8-11) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gd.
French Seventyfive 25-1 (9-13) Dwelt, held up in touch, raced wide from over 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 28l behind Los Nadis (10-13) at Musselburgh 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun '11.
Indycisive 50-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, in rear, soon detached, 10th of 11, 24l behind Ballista (9-5) at Catterick 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gf in May.
Decadence 15-2 (8-7) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 2f out, headed entering final 2f, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 8l behind Stansonnit (9-7) at Ripon 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) gd.