tracked leaders, led after 1st, headed before 8 out, reminders before next and mistake, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out
in rear, soon tracked leaders, went 3rd before 3 out, one pace and no impression, pulled up next
tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along and lost place from 8 out, weakened before 3 out
held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, went 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, soon clear, kept on well
tracked leaders in 3rd, blundered badly and unseated rider 6th
led until after 1st, with leader, led again before 8 out, headed 2 out, one pace
TEARS FROM HEAVEN has returned from a long break in good form and scored from 4lb lower at Musselburgh last month, only his third run in almost two years. He looks the one to be on to complete a double with his young rider able to claim 8lb. Soul Angel was very close up in third at Musselburgh and would have made a race of it but for a last-fence error so he has to be a threat. Gibbstown has never won under Rules and connections won't be pleased that he's gone up 6lb for finishing runner-up at Musselburgh. Samson Collonges made far too many mistakes here in January after two better runs but at least he'll enjoy the conditions.
Shadow Boxer 6-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden to chase leaders before 13th, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Esme Rides A Gaine (9-10) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Heart O Annandale (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) In rear, tailed off before 7th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Bygones Of Brid (11-5) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jun, 14 ran.
Tears From Heaven (USA) 4-1fav (9-12) Mid-division, went 4th at 9th, challenged 4 out, led 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on well, won at Musselburgh 3m 3f Am hcp ch 0-100 (5) gd in Feb beating The Shrimp (9-11) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Gibbstown (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Held up mid-division, headway to join leader 9th, led next, headed 13th, kept on and no impression with winner from 2 out, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Oh Right (10-3) at Musselburgh 3m cond hcp chs (5) gs in Jan.
Samson Collonges (FR) 7-1 (9-11) Led to 2nd, mistake 7th, blundered 10th, pushed along and weakened before next, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Oil Burner (11-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Soul Angel 9-2 (10-1) Prominent, ridden and lost place after 12th, weakened before 4 out, 4th of 5, 19l behind Ben Akram (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.