SWALEDALE LAD was only beaten a neck by Big Water at Carlisle three weeks ago when conceding 6lb. That was another good effort on the back of an easy win at Bangor and Richard Ford's charge should take all the beating here. Musselburgh third Lone Foot Laddie is improving with experience while Ivan Boru could do better now tackling hurdles having proved a little disappointing in bumpers. The others appear to have plenty to find.
Swaledale Lad (IRE) 6-4 (11-1) Led, ridden before last, headed last 100 yards, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Big Water (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Court Red (IRE) 100-1 (10-8) Towards rear, reminders after 2nd, weakened before 4 out, 10th of 14, well behind Runswick Royal (10-13) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Heckley Highjack 100-1 (10-5) Towards rear, behind when blundered 4th, soon lost touch, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Keeneland (11-5) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Ivan Boru (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) Held up behind, headway over 2f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 8, 18l behind Ready Token (11-1) at Southwell 2m cond NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up in rear and keen, weakened after 6th, 8th of 12, well behind Scarlet Fire (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Oakwell (IRE) 66-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, hit 3rd, weakened approaching 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Renoyr (11-1) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Quest Magic (IRE) Fantastic Quest gelding out of Magic Sign.
Fa'side Castle (IRE) 80-1 (8-7) In touch, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 13, 35l behind Modernism (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Mar '12 (flat).
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, slightly hampered 6th, closed soon after, went 3rd from 3 out, not fluent and one pace 2 out, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Sametegal (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Charming Grace (IRE) 50-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 11, 46l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-3) at Newcastle 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Ellistrin Belle 20-1 (10-9) Led, headed before 3f out, weakened before 2f out, 6th of 7, 35l behind Bypass (10-1) at Catterick 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Mar.
Mrs Grass 25-1 (10-2) Mid-division, ridden along over 6f out, struggling soon after, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Brady (11-2) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gd in May.
Miss Macnamara (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Disputed lead, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, weakened, 8th of 14, 7l behind Atmospheric High (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f 3yo stks pol in Dec (flat).
Seskinane (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Towards rear, 10th halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out and went 4th entering straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Benemeade (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Mar.