Aztec Prince receives the tentative vote ahead of Jallastep and Seymar Lad. The locally trained runner is yet to experience anything this fast as far as ground is concerned but on collateral lines of form, a third at Newcastle would be enough to put him with a decent chance in what is a competitive race. Jallastep was making a return to racing after a sizeable absence so there is every reason to believe that the Perth specialist could have come on for that experience. Seymar Lad has ability but has consented not to go through with it when it matters. A drop in trip is taken in order to break a losing run. Yankee Holiday doesn't have too many miles in the clock although his better efforts have obtained on a faster surface. Insurgent was scheduled to take his chance on Sunday so is a likely absentee. Baligrundle was backed at Ayr last time out and could be of interest off a basement BHB rating. Ex-Sir Mark Prescott runner, Annibale Caro, is watched in the market. A difficult race for punters with plenty of guesswork required and Aztec Prince is chanced at the likely odds.
Jallastep (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, lost place 5th, tailed off from next, last of 5, well behind Marshall Hall (11-11) at Ayr 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Flaming Heck 18-1 (10-9) Prominent, went 2nd approaching 5th, disputed lead from 8th until 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up at the last in race won by Marshall Hall (10-0) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Lofty Leader (IRE) 28-1 (11-9) Behind, hit 4th, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 26l behind Ton-Chee (11-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Aztec Prince (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) In touch, effort 4 out, one pace and edged left from 3 out, weakened flat, 6th of 11, 8l behind Marshall Hall (11-8) at Ayr 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft in Mar.
Annibale Caro 11-1 (11-2) Led, 4 lengths clear 4 out, ridden and headed last, no extra, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Ton-Chee (11-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Seymar Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Towards rear, chased leaders 9th, chased winner 4 out, in 3rd when blundered last, kept on, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Loscar (10-0) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Mar.
Insurgent (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up last, plugged on take poor 4th approaching 3 out, 4th of 6, 14l behind Offemont (11-7) at Sandown 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar.
Yankee Holiday (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Prominent, led 3rd, headed 8th, ridden from 3 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 9, 22l behind Aztec Prince (10-0) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Double Past 100-1 (10-4) Held up, mistake 4th, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Lankawi (11-3) at Hexham 2m nov chs (3) sft in Mar, 8 ran.
Darnley 12-1 (10-2) Mid-division, headway when mistake 8th, 3rd and in touch when fell at the 9th in race won by Ton-Chee (11-5) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Mar, 10 ran.
Baligrundle 10-3 (10-0) In rear, chased winner after 5 out, one pace, 4th of 6, 17l behind Great Jane (10-7) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Mar.
Hollows Mist 16-1 (10-9) In touch, ridden to chase leaders 4 out, weakened next, 10th of 14, 40l behind Baligrundle (10-7) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Jan.