Generous Chief finished less than a length ahead of George Fernbeck when third over a shorter trip at this track earlier this month. That pair could both figure again though they are hard to separate. Mootabar has a chance after a second at Hexham while Callum Bewley's allowance means Auberge can race off a lower mark than when successful at the same track last year. BIG SOUND wasn't beaten that far despite finishing only sixth at Wetherby last time. Dropped in class today, Mark Walford's charge may prove good enough and gets the vote.
Big Sound 8-1 (10-8) Led to 6th, chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, weakened before last, 6th of 14, 9l behind Bescot Springs (11-0) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Generous Chief (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 12, 2 3/4l behind Rayadour (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Spiekeroog 25-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, mistake 7th, soon well beaten, 7th of 13, well behind Jack Albert (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Auberge (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Pierrers Bounty (11-9) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
George Fernbeck 11-4fav (10-9) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 4 out, headway before 2 out, one pace, 4th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Rayadour (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Iktiview 15-2 (10-12) Held up, hit 3rd, headway when not fluent 6th, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 13, 21l behind Jack Albert (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Mootabar (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 7th, went close 2nd before last, ridden flat, no impression, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Master Murphy (10-8) at Hexham 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Mar.
Native Optimist (IRE) 9-1 (10-4) Prominent, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 12, 45l behind Rayadour (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Phar Away Island (IRE) 4-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out to chase leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 10, 26l behind The Young Master (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Well Related 100-1 (11-2) Mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, 9th of 10, well behind Benzanno (11-2) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Sea Cliff (IRE) 40-1 (9-12) Held up behind, pushed along before 5 out, never dangerous, 7th of 11, 32l behind Solway Dornal (10-1) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Mar.
Solway Legend 25-1 (10-3) Towards rear, well beaten 4 out, 5th of 9, 45l behind Bollin Julie (10-1) at Newcastle 3m cnd nov hcp hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Western Bound (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Well in rear, left modest 4th and hampered 3 out, never on terms, tailed off, 4th of 6, 34l behind Solway Dornal (9-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.