OVER MY HEAD had shown some improvement at Uttoxeter last month before returning there for a handicap on New Year's Eve and making all for an emphatic victory. Not surprisingly he's been raised 9lb but his young rider claims most of that back and a follow-up looks on the cards. Adili hadn't been showing much before scoring over this course and distance last month where he stayed on very strongly and had Gorey Lane and Wayward Princess behind. He has to be a threat while winning point-to-pointer Rocky Stone will be more at home over this trip on his handicap debut. Big Sound is only 1lb higher than his only victory at Hexham in June and could go well with Grant Cockburn's claim a big help.
Big Sound 11-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, not fluent 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 6, 17l behind The Young Master (11-2) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Blackmore 20-1 (11-7) In rear, some headway before 8th, weakened from 4 out, pulled up, in a race won by Hartforth (10-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft, 9 ran.
Rocky Stone (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 4 out, soon lost place, stayed on to take modest 3rd approaching last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 13, 29l behind Secrete Stream (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Gorey Lane (IRE) 28-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led narrowly before 3 out, ridden next, headed last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Adili (10-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Bravo Riquet (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, not much room 5th, went remote 4th after 7th, 4th of 8, well behind Over My Head (9-13) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Carmela Maria 15-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, slow 3rd, outpaced 5 out, stayed on approaching 2 out, chased leaders next, never able to challenge, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Pudsey House (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Roseville Cottage (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Led, headed 4th, reminders before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 21l behind Walkabout Creek (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp hdl (2) hvy in Mar.
Adili (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, driven to chase leaders before next, challenged between rivals between last 2, led last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec beating Stickleback (11-3) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Over My Head 5-1 (9-13) Made all, not fluent 5th, clear 3 out, unchallenged, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec beating Earcomesthedream (11-11) by 19l, 8 ran.
Native Optimist (IRE) 80-1 (11-1) In touch, struggling before 5 out, rallied 3 out, never on terms, remote 4th, 4th of 6, well behind Sir Mangan (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Notonebuttwo (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, pushed along before 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 13, 18l behind Total Assets (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy.
Filbert Fox (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) In rear and mistakes, headway from after 2 out, no impression, 5th of 14, 14l behind Esme Rides A Gaine (9-10) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Mini The Minx (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Chased leader until before 3rd where mistake and soon lost place, hampered 4th, behind and struggling before 6th, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Gulf Punch (11-9) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Waywood Princess 4-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, led before 4 out, headed narrowly before next, ridden and every chance between last 2, no extra flat, 4th of 11, 11l behind Adili (10-0) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Landenstown Star (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Led, ridden 3 out, headed approaching next, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 25l behind Night Of Passion (10-12) at Bangor 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
One In A Row (IRE) 15-2 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure 3 out, chased leaders after next, weakened flat, 6th of 11, 8l behind Markem (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.