Running In Heels produced a good front-running performance over fences at Musselburgh last month and would have an obvious chance if turning up here but was engaged to run back there yesterday. Donald McCain has won this for the past two years and IRISH HAWKE won a Sedgefield handicap at this level in August. He hasn't done so well in two subsequent starts but this is a poor contest and he's taken to get back to winning ways. Toarmandowithlove has gone close on a few occasions though is still a maiden after 33 starts but Rocket Ronnie has won six times on the Flat though his recent runs over timber have been poor. Down Time has been running on the Flat though hasn't been showing much and is 1-28 over hurdles. Cadore was engaged to run at Musselburgh yesterday.
Rocket Ronnie (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 5th of 8, dist behind Espoir De Teillee (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) gs in Nov.
Permission Granted (IRE) 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, under pressure 2 out, never on terms, 7th of 14, 11 1/2l behind Jassas (10-12) at Newcastle 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Dragonfli 250-1 (10-12) In rear, jumped slowly 1st and 2nd, headway 3 out, never on terms, 4th of 6, 25 1/2l behind Contented (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) sft in Dec.
Irish Hawke (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Behind, pushed along 3 out, ridden after 2 out, never dangerous, 10th of 11, 29 3/4l behind Buckled (12-3) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Log On (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, weakened from 13th, pulled up before 3 out, at Southwell 3m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Frankie Ballou (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Led, headed 3 out, weakened before last, last of 5, 16l behind Sky Full Of Stars (11-1) at Catterick 2m hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Pertuis (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 9th of 12, 30 1/4l behind Main Fact (10-11) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Notebook 14-1 (11-3) Refused to race, at Newcastle 2m hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Armorous 100-1 (10-12) Held up, towards rear, well behind 6th, 8th of 11, dist behind Craggaknock (10-12) at Wetherby 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Down Time (USA) 66-1 (11-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, never threatened, 9th of 15, 12 1/4l behind Quoteline Direct (10-12) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp (6) gd in Nov.
Toarmandowithlove (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Chased leader until 2nd, chased leaders, pushed along and lost 3rd 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 13, 21 1/2l behind Wig Wam Wiggle (10-10) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (5) hvy in Nov.
Oskar Denarius (IRE) 11-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, mistake 9th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, at Southwell 3m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Shalamzar (FR) 66-1 (10-3) Bumped start, held up towards rear, well beaten over 3f out, 9th of 11, 15 1/2l behind Affair (8-10) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp (6) sft in Nov.
Russian Royale 16-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 11, dist behind Morning With Ivan (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (5) gs in Nov.
Running In Heels (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Led to 5th, with leader, led again narrowly after 8th, joined 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, not pace of winner flat, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Mullaghmurphy Blue (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Cadore (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, one pace, (omitted last hurdle), 7th of 16, 11 1/4l behind Lucarno Dancer (10-3) at Hexham 2m hcp (5) sft in Nov.